Singapore based jockey Glen Boss made a successful hit and run mission back to Australia with a seventh win in today’s the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) on three year old colt Brutal.
The Team Hawkes training partnership of John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes called on Boss to make a flying visit back home to ride the lightly weight Brutal on Day One of The Championships at Randwick.
Boss has won most of the Group 1s on the Australian Racing Calendar and his experience was the key to negotiating a winning path on Brutal who had to jump from barrier eighteen in the capacity twenty horse Doncaster Mile field.
Boss had Brutal ($6,50) quickly out of the gates and in a forward position and with his light weight, he knew that the O’Reilly colt would have plenty in reserve for the dash home.
The lightly weighted three year olds are always a chance in the Doncaster Mile and Boss’s last win in the Autumn Carnival’s feature Mile race was another three year old, the Chris Waller trained Kermadec who won the race in 2015.
Runner up Dreamforce ($21) found the front in the early stages and led the field into the straight and up the rise and while his was in for the fight, couldn’t match it with Brutal in the run to the line.
Brutal went on to win by a length over Dreamforce with the James Cummings trained warhorse Hartnell ($7.50) running his usual solid race to find third place.
The Lindsay Park trained Fifty Stars was sent out as the $6 Doncaster Mile favourite but had no luck from the outside gate and was a well beaten twelfth.
Winning co-trainer Michael Hawkes said that Boss was very confident about the chances of Brutal who was coming off a last start second to the might mare Winx in the Group 1 $1m George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill a fortnight ago.
“He (Glen Boss) told me he was the winner two weeks ago,” Michael Hawkes said.
“He’s a super colt, he’s an absolute star.”
“We always knew we had the right horse, that man Bossy, what a ride!”
“When you’ve got 49kg you can do that, Boss gave him a gun ride.”
“He just coasted there and let him do what he had to do.”