The undefeated speedster Deep Field continued to shine in his preparation for a first up attempt at the Group 1 $500,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on February 21 with a sizzling jump out win at Flemington today.
Race rider Dwayne Dunn gave Deep Field a good hit out down the Flemington straight with the four year old clocking 21.56 seconds for the last 400m with an overall time of 46.18 for the 800m.
Deep Field, trained by Wayne, Michael and John Hawkes, is set to clash with the world’s equal number one rated sprinter Lankan Rupee in the Black Caviar Lightning and they are hoping he will be too nippy for the Mick Price trained sprinting star.
Deep Field is the winner of all his five race starts and to date has never been headed.
After winning his first start by ten lengths in a 1100m Gosford maiden in June last year, Deep Field worked his way up through the classes with wins at Canterbury, twice, and Randwick before leading all of the way to win the Group 2 $300,000 tab.com.au Stakes (1200m) down the Flemington straight on the first day of the 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The Hawkes team then put the Northern Meteor stallion away for a short break before preparing him for a Group 1 assault over the Autumn Carnival.
“We want to keep him undefeated, but we are desperate to get that first Group 1 under his belt,” Wayne Hawkes said.
“The Lightning would do me and (owner) Alan Bell won it with Schillaci many years.
As well as lining up in the Black Caviar Lightning, Deep Field is also nominated for the Group 1 $1m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 14 and the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 4.