Deep Field remains on track to start his autumn campaign in the 2015 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes after he recorded a comfortable win in a jump out at Flemington this morning.
Deep Field contested the opening jump out of the morning over 800 metres at Flemington and he jumped straight to the led to take up the running in the early stages of the jump out.
The undefeated sprinter was kept under a tight hold by jockey Dwayne Dunn throughout, but was still able to do enough to record an impressive win over his rivals, which included talented mare Solicit and Victoria Derby runner-up Bondeiger.
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes was on hand to watch Deep Field contest his first jump out this preparation and he told Racing Ahead that he was more than happy with the performance of the Northern Meteor entire.
“He had a jump out this morning and worked really well,” Hawkes said.
“He was really good and he had a bit of a sweat and everything.
“He jumped and travelled well, he looked good and Dwayne said that he felt good.
“We are happy.”
Michael Hawkes revealed last week that the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on February 21 would be the most likely resumption point for Deep Field and Wayne Hawkes said that remain possible, but he refused to confirm that the four-year-old would take his place in the field for the Group 1 event.
“We are still just having to decide which way we will bounce because there are 27 options and we just try to make the right decision at the last minute,” Hawkes said.
“We want to make the right decision with this bloke and we want to keep him undefeated, but we are desperate to get that first Group 1 under his belt.
“The Lightning would do me and (owner) Alan Bell won it with Schillaci many years.
“He will tell us.”
Deep Field stamped himself as a horse to watch when he recorded a dominant ten lengths victory on debut at Gosford in June of last year and he went on to score equally impressive wins at Canterbury on July 9 and September 24.
The full-brother to Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win made his black type racing debut with a comfortable win in the Listed City Tatts Club Lightning (1100m) at Royal Randwick on October 18 before he took out the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.