Progressive Hawkie Star to prove his worth to Hayes

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 May, 2005, 12:00am

David Hayes will leave behind some good stock at the end of the season when he departs back to Australia and that includes progressive Hawkie Star, who makes plenty of appeal as banker in the final leg of the Triple Trio tomorrow.

On his debut, Hawkie Star finished a creditable second to Enriching over 1,200 metres and then finished third on the all-weather surface over the same journey.

The switch back to the turf looks a major bonus, along with the step up to 1,400m and the dream gate - one.

Pionero has proven a highly consistent galloper on his three starts with two seconds and a win.

He has been freshened up for this assignment and given he remains in Class Four, must be given strong claims.

Although Master Spirit is taking the rise in grade following a success in the lowest grade over the Sha Tin mile, he has displayed gradual improvement and cannot be denied place claims.

Smart Champion showed marked improvement last outing and is one to consider, while Globe River has been holding his form well and cannot be ruled out of contention.

Last-start winner Wadadelight looks the logical choice for banker in the opening leg over 2,000m on the all-weather surface.

Wadadelight, who is perfectly drawn in gate one this time, cruised to victory over 1,800m in this grade and was convincing enough to suggest he should be just as hard to beat over the same journey.

Show Bravely has an excellent record over the course and distance with a win and a second from two starts and with Douglas Whyte on board, punters have plenty in their favour.

Legionnaire has proven form on the specialist surface and the drop back in trip will not pose any problems. Tusitala, who is competitively weighted, hasn't competed since December but is capable of hitting the frame.

The recent form of maiden Top Prize has been decent enough to warrant respect, while Cupid handles this surface and can fill a minor place.

Robbie Fradd has finished runner-up aboard Fortune Warrior recently and gets his chance to go one better in the middle pin.

He looks a sound choice for banker given his record over 1,400m.

Good Nature finished third to Solar Power over the course and distance on May 1 and both horses merit inclusion.

Plenty Of Heart caught the eye in a recent turf trial and with the side winkers applied for the first time, is one to consider.

Lightly raced Simply The Best has been working well leading up to this event and his form reads good enough to hit the frame.

Quick News, who has had a string of solid performances in recent weeks, looks a good option for banker in the third event.

Lucky Money was a surprising winner on his last outing but deserves respect, while Treasure Raiders went within a head of victory last time out and is a leading chance here.

Tony Millard's Goodwood takes a drop in grade and his form over the course and distance is more than respectable.