Promising colt Deep Field stamped himself as a horse to watch with two impressive performances since making his racing debut, but co-trainer Wayne Hawkes has revealed that the son of Northern Meteor will only be given a light 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign.
Deep Field made his racing debut in the Abbott & Pitstock Plumbing Maiden (1100m) at Gosford on June 20 and showed explosive pace out of the barriers to cruise to a dominant ten lengths victory over Six Star and Diretto.
The three-year-old was extremely well-backed in the lead-up to his second race start in the TAB Quaddie Handicap (1100m) at Canterbury on July and he romped to another effortless victory, missing the track record by only a few hundredths of a second despite not being asked for an extra effort in the final stages of the race by jockey Dwayne Dunn.
Hawkes told Racing Ahead that Deep Field is a very exciting horse, but said that Team Hawkes is eyeing the 2015 Autumn Racing Carnival with the rising four-year-old and he may only have one start during his spring campaign.
“He is a promising horse Deep Field,” Hawkes said.
“He is a pretty serious horse.
“Tim Martin originally had the horse and he came to us in perfect condition.
“He has been to Melbourne a couple of times and he has had the two runs now and we have given him a bit of a freshen up.
“We will just look at something over the spring, whether it be in Sydney or Melbourne, but he might only have one more run and then go to the paddock.
“If we could maybe get a bit of black type with him that would be great, but we certainly won’t be overtaxing him.
“He will be a proper horse in the autumn.
“The other trainers are telling me that he looks pretty good, so I am happy that they are happy.”
Jockey Dwayne Dunn has ridden Deep Field in each of his race starts and has been impressed with the performances of the Northern Meteor colt to date, but believes that he still has plenty of improvement in front of him.
“He is still doing a little bit wrong, he wanted to be a little bit aggressive once he gets to the front,” Dunn said after steering Deep Field to his second race win.
“Further into his races he starts to settle down and relax in the last half before giving you a really good kick.
“We are trying to teach him for bigger and better things than this.”