Laser Hawk rediscovers winning touch in Newcastle Newmarket   Leave a comment

Laser Hawk rediscovers winning touch in Newcastle Newmarket

Hugh Bowman steers Laser Hawk to victory in the Newcastle Newmarket. Picture: Peter Lorim

Hugh Bowman steers Laser Hawk to victory in the Newcastle Newmarket. Picture: Peter Lorimer Source: News Limited

A masterful piece of training has seen injury plagued galloper Laser Hawk win Thursday’s Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket (1400m) after three years out of the winner’s circle.

Laser Hawk won the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas in 2012 before injury struck the son of Artie Schiller. He recovered but again soundness became an issue during the 2013 George Ryder Stakes when he finished second last behind Pierro.

Laser Hawk left the Gai Waterhouse stable and made his way to Joe Pride’s yard. Pride nursed him back to racing and the six-year-old ran four times during last spring, including a three-quarter length defeat behind Sacred Falls in the Group 1 George Main Stakes.

“I wasn’t expecting him to win today,” Pride said. “I thought he’d have a good conditioning run heading towards the carnival. It’s very rewarding to see him win.

“We gave him three trials before this because he needed it. We’ll have a look at races like the Doncaster (Mile) and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) for him.”

Hugh Bowman pats Laser Hawk after returning to scale. Picture: Peter Lorimer

Hugh Bowman pats Laser Hawk after returning to scale. Picture: Peter Lorimer Source: News Limited

Ironically, Laser Hawk races in the Gooree Stud colours, who will saddle up this Saturday’s Rosehill Guineas favourite, Hallowed Crown.

Hugh Bowman rode Laser Hawk and will partner Hallowed Crown in the Rosehill feature.

“I didn’t expect him to roll like that and let’s hope we can do it again in these colours on Saturday,” Bowman said.

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Laser Hawk continued the woeful run for punters at Newcastle. Nazir kicked off the bookies’ fill-up when he was unplaced as the $1.16 favourite.

Of the first six races, only two horses saluted at single figure odds.

Meanwhile, Magic Of Dreams will join Laser Hawk at Randwick during the carnival after winning the Provincial Championship qualifier at Newcastle.

Tommy Berry brought the Kris Lees-trained galloper with a well-timed run to win the feature from the favourite Oxford Poet, who also earned a start at Randwick.

“Great, tenacious win,” Berry said. “The second horse has good city form and the third horse (Slots) was placed at Group 3 level last start.

Magic Of Dreams charges to victory in the Provincial Championship Qualifier at Broadmeado

Magic Of Dreams charges to victory in the Provincial Championship Qualifier at Broadmeadow. Picture: Peter LorimerSource: News Corp Australia

“He’s a lovely horse to look at and he ran out the 1400m at his first attempt in good style.”

Newcastle staged the third leg of the provincial series. The next leg will be run at Hawkesbury on March 26.

“It’s just a great incentive for the connections of these provincial horses,” Berry said. “Look at the buzz here on track. And it’s only a Wednesday.”

Originally published as Laser glowing with Pride after successful repairs

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Posted March 19, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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