Talented colt Not Listenin’tome has been withdrawn from the 2014 T.J. Smith Stakes and will be sent to the spelling paddock after contracting a virus at the end of last week.
Not Listenin’tome was on the second line of 2014 T.J. Smith betting markets, following his strong performances in both the Group 2 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), but the Hawkes team informed Racing New South Wales stewards on Sunday that the son of Dylan Thomas had contracted a virus and would be withdrawn from the remainder of his engagements during the 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
“That’s the way it goes,” co-trainer John Hawkes told TVN.
“There’s nothing you can do about it; they get sick like people.
“It’s unfortunate, but you just have to move on.”
Not Listenin’tome made his racing debut with dominant victories at Bendigo and Ballarat during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival and he was quickly given an opportunity at Group level; finishing second behind Thermal Current in the Group 3 Telstra Phonewords Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.
The three-year-old made his Group 1 debut in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day and flew home late to finish second behind Zoustar.
After a stint in the spelling paddock, Not Listenin’tome returned to the races with a dominant four lengths victory in the Zeditave Stakes at Caulfield on February 22 and worked home strongly to finish second behind Appearance in the Canterbury Stakes at Royal Randwick on March 15.
Team Hawkes have been the star stable of the 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival to date and picked up wins in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (1900m), Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) and Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
The stable still has a number of excellent chances during The Championships at Royal Randwick; with Messene, Ninth Legion and Real Surreal all a chance to contest the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 12.
Team Hawkes’ star juvenile Mossfun is also rated a leading contender for the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on April and lost no admirers when he finished second behind Blue Diamond Stakes winner Earthquake in Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) on Saturday.