Greyworm was part of a Saturday to remember for Team Hawkes when John, Michael and Wayne combined to train four winners in Sydney and Melbourne.
Michael was there to oversee the team at Rosehill winning the G3 San Domenico Stakes (Exceedance) and the final running-double (Greyworm & God Of Thunder). Wayne saddled Dawn Dawn at Caulfield just days after she arrived from stable headquarters in Sydney.
Greyworm warmed up for the TAB Hcp (1200m) with a barrier trial win over Group 1 mare Arcadia Queen last week. Specked at $7, he sat on the pace and then overhauled You Make Me Smile who had established a big break in the straight.
“That was a gutsy win,” jockey Glen Boss exclaimed. “He had a real desire to win today and I could feel it underneath me.”
The grey flyer is a son of Greta West Stud stallion Master Of Design from Canterbury winner Miracle Magic (Dash For Cash). “He’s a pure racehorse. He’s tough and tries his heart out,” Michael Hawkes declared. “I told Glen to put a line through his last run here when nothing went right.
“This was a very strong Benchmark race and he really wanted it today. I think he can win something better.”
Greyworm has a 50% strike-rate winning 4 times in 8 starts commencing with a Mornington maiden on debut in June 2018. He was retained by Wingrove Park’s Joe & Daria Vella after a proposed private sale to Asian interests fell through last year.
Before taking a break from the saddle recently, leading apprentice Ethan Brown was also tipping him into a bright future. “Greyworm will go on to bigger and better things,” he said. “He lengthens, gets into a rhythm and puts them under pressure.”
Master of Design sired another off-shore winner when his tearaway Grand Choice was successful in Singapore last week.
The Dan Meagher-trained sprinter had done everything bar win since arriving from Australia. He established a seemingly unassailable lead last time out at Kranji, however, Ocean Crossing (NZ) narrowed the margin at the furlong and nailed him right on the line.
The addition of blinkers made all the difference and Benny Woodworth kept his mind on the job to defeat Spirit Of Big Bang (Intikhab) and Libran Son (Burgundy).
Tasmanian-based David Adams bred Grand Choice and sold him through the Woodside Park consignment to the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. Ardsley Park pin-hooked him for $40,000 and they doubled that price-tag to Meagher’s bid at the 2016 NZB Ready To Run Sale at Karaka.
Adams and his wife Louise operate a fruit export company and a boutique breeding operation with 7 mares and 10 racehorses. David is a past board member of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and is currently Chairman of the Racehorse Owners Association of Tasmania.
Master Of Design’s locally-based mare She’s By Design has gone for a spell after a last-start maiden win at Pakenham.
“She’s done a great job this prep,” trainer Enver Jusufovic said. “And I have to thank Shannon Hope for all his help. She’s tough and competitive but is still maturing. Another good break under the belt and she will come back much better.”
Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) is based at Greta West Stud for a $3,300 (inc GST) service fee alongside King Of Prussia (Anabaa) who stands for $2,200 (inc GST).