Classics sensational recent form took another step forward when he finished strongly
to ruin a potential John Hawkes party in the Group Three Easter Cup at Caulfield in
The Hawkes trained pair of
Adolescence and Aquiver looked set to be fighting out the finish at the 250 metre mark
before the in form Pat Carey trained gelding knuckled down over the concluding stages for
what turned out to be an impressive Group race win.
At the post the four-year-old son of Regal Classic had down
the Brendan Fenech mount Adolescence by a long neck, while the runner-ups stablemate
Aquiver was nearly two lengths away in third place.
The win continued a one hundred percent record when the
gelding races in the presence of his breeder and owner Tony Chotiprasiddahi.
"Its great to see the horse win for Tony and he
has now seen him race three times and hes won every time," winning trainer Pat
Carey said after the success.
Thailand based Chotiprasiddhi has well known bloodstock
agent Bryan Muschialli to thank for his ongoing success with Thong Classic among others.
"The horses are kept at Bryans property near
Pakenham and I really have to thank him a lot for making it all possible," an
exciting Chotiprasiddahi said.
Surprisingly today was Thong Classics first stakes
win, but he did it in a style that would suggest he was already a stakes star. Before
today the geldings best result had probably been his strong second to the boom
stayer Fields of Omagh in the Group Three Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in November.
Carey has little doubt the gelding would be well suit at
distances of "at least a mile and a half" but he had been impressed with his
performances over the shorter trips.
"He always just seems to run so well. I can even
remember when he finished not far down the straight at Flemington over the Carnival behind
Belle du Jour," Carey said with a smile. "He just runs well all of the time.
Hes quite an amazing horse."
The winning trainer confirmed after the race the "late
starter"had been kept in the field for last years Caulfield Cup "for a
long time" but at the time the gelding wasnt quite ready for the 2400 metres of
that feature event.
"We didnt give him the right preparation really
for the Caulfield Cup last year."
The Lawson pair of Rum (trainer by Dean who finished
fourth) and Soviet Draw (prepared by Deans father Ray in fifth) both raced well just
behind the placegetters finishing the race off well.
Rum, who is yet to finish first past the post in a race (he
got the G3 SA St Leger after the original winner returned a positive swab), is being aimed
at further riches in Adelaide.
"Well push him on to the Adelaide Cup,"
But it wont be the usual preparation for potential
runners in the Morphettville two miler. Lawson revealed he may have to send the gelding
north before heading west.
"There really arent the races here to get him
right before heading to Adelaide. We may have to even send him to have a race in
Sydney," Lawson reported.
While favourite punters were cheering home Thong Classic
($3.20), the supporters of Native Jazz ($13) and Zero Drama ($17) were disappointed when
their charges finished fourteenth and last respectively.