Purrealist Proves Impressive First Season Sire

By: Sarah Fortnum
November 29th, 2011
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First season stallion Purrealist has continued his impressive dominance with another one of his progeny winning their first race start last Friday night.

Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes’ Anjea won on debut at Moonee Valley by an incredible 4.5 lengths over a 1,000 metre distance.

Anjea is now the third of six runners by Purrealist to have won a race.

Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes expects big things from his young filly.

“She did a few things wrong and still won and won pretty well,” he said.

“It was a good solid effort that’s for sure.”

Hawkes currently only has one horse by Purrealist in his stable and feels that is all he needs to benefit from the stallion’s impressive stock.

“I’ve only got the one, only need the one,” Hawkes joked.

“Everyone that’s got one likes one.

“That’s always a good sign… when you’re getting a lot of cross section from lots of different trainers.”

Hawkes admitted he had a strategy when it came to purchasing yearlings from first season sires.

“When you look at a first season stallion, the John Hawkes rules of thumb is if you’re going to buy one, buy the best one,” he said.

The trainer said it is easy to minimise risks but insuring you purchased the “cracking sorts” at the sales.

Purrealist is a seven-year-old stallion by Tale Of The Cat, who had just five career starts as a race horse.

He was trained at Flemington by Danny O’Brien and finished second in the Group 3 The Jansz at just his second race start.

Purrealist won two of his five career starts and accrued just over $200,000 in prize money.

The stallion ended his career on a high when he won the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude as a three-year-old before being retired to stud where he first stood in 2008.

 

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