A stronger Hawkspur is set for a big spring according to champion jockey Jim Cassidy

Hawkspur (outside) defeats stablemate Royal Descent in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes

Hawkspur is set to capture a second Group 1 following a preparation that kicked into full swing when he captured the Chelmsford Stakes in a driving finish to the line with stablemate Royal Descent.

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The Chris Waller-trained Hawkspur was a part of history as Waller trained the first six runners across the line in the 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 6.

Hawkspur won the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm in 2013 and looks primed to add to his Group 1 tally when he contests the George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

The son of Purrealist captured the Chelmsford Stakes in 2013 before running fourth in the George Main Stakes behind Streama. This year the gelding looks stronger according to champion jockey Jim Cassidy who is predicting a big spring from Waller’s five-year-old.

“He’s a lot stronger this preparation than he was last year,” Cassidy told News Corp.
“And this year he’s got a lot more bounce in his legs because he’s being trained for 2000m, not the 2400m [for the Caulfield Cup] or two miles [for the Melbourne Cup].
“His first two runs back this prep were good, then he put the writing on the wall last start. He could be the horse for the spring this year.”

Hawkspur is set to begin from barrier 4 with fellow Waller stablemates Royal Descent (barrier 2, Glyn Schofield) and Sacred Falls (1, Zac Purton) both fancied in the event also. Lucia Valentina (6, Kerrin McEvoy) looms as a big threat following her domination in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) first-up.

The most interesting runner in the field is the Paul Messara-trained Panzer Division (8, Brenton Avdulla). The three-year-old colt didn’t back up in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes but gets his chance at Group 1 glory at only his fourth race start. He has already won two of his three starts with his only defeat coming by a nose behind stablemate Scissor Kick who finished second in the Golden Rose.

Hawkspur looks likely to contest either the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on October 4 or the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on the same day with Cassidy sharing his thoughts on where the chestnut gelding should head to next.

“I hope he goes to the Turnbull and then the Cox Plate. I think the Cox Plate is his race this year. He’s tough and the right sort of horse for it,” Cassidy said.

Following the George Main last year, Hawkspur finished fifth in the Turnbull Stakes, seventh in the Caulfield Cup and finished down the track in the Melbourne Cup.

George Main Stakes market courtesy of Ladbrokes:

Panzer Division - $4.80
Royal Descent - $5
Sacred Falls - $5.50
Lucia Valentina - $5.50
Hawkspur - $7.50
Others $10+


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