Darley Classic Unlikely For Deep Field

By: Thomas Hackett
October 20th, 2014

Talented sprinter Deep Field maintained his unbeaten record with a comfortable victory in the Listed City Tatts Club Lightning (1100m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday, but co-trained Michael Hawkes revealed this morning that a tilt at the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 8 is unlikely for the Northern Meteor entire.

Deep Field was far too good for his rivals in the 2014 City Tatts Club Lightning at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Deep Field was far too good for his rivals in the 2014 City Tatts Club Lightning at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Photo by: Race Horse Photos Australia

Deep Field was making his black type racing debut in the City Tatts Club Lightning after recording three dominant race wins in restricted company and he jumped straight to the lead before running away from the rest of the field in the final stages without being asked for an extra effort by jockey Brenton Avdulla.

Hawkes told Racing Ahead that he was happy to see Deep Field score another win in his first serious test as a racehorse and he hopes that the immature four-year-old can continue to improve heading towards the 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival.

“I think that we all saw something quite exciting,” Hawkes said.

“We have just taken him along quietly; he is a four-year-old, but he is really like a three-year-old.

“He is a big baby and that is probably why we have just taken baby steps with him, but he couldn’t have done much more before Saturday and obviously Saturday was the next level and he handled that with ease.

“Hopefully there will be bigger and better things in store for him.”

Hawkes said that Deep Field had come through the comfortable victory in excellent condition, but he confirmed that the full brother to Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win is no certainty to head to Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Sydney-based trainer said that a decision on the immediate racing future of Deep Field would be made in a couple of days, but he ruled out a potential clash with the likes of stablemate Chautauqua, Lankan Rupee, Buffering and Terravista in the Darley Classic.

“He has pulled up good and he was nice and bright yesterday,” Hawkes said.

“He is still here, he looks well and the next few days will determine what we do and where we go.

“There is nothing left up here in Sydney for him and the next step is Melbourne, but where he runs and what he does is yet to be determined.

“At this stage it is 50/50, but we have said all along that the spring isn’t really his time and his time will be the autumn.

“There is probably maybe three races that we are looking at.

“There is Derby Day, maybe Melbourne Cup Day and obviously the Saturday.

“We haven’t pinpointed a particular race in general and everybody is saying about the Darley, but we have Chautauqua that is going well enough for a Darley Sprint.

“This bloke is probably not there yet, but he will be in the autumn and that is what we are targeting.”

Deep Field has now won his four race starts by a combined total of 23 lengths and has already broken two track records.

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