Artie Schiller’s top-class son Laser Hawk has returned from the wilderness to win the G3 Newcastle Newmarket Hcp (1400m) at Broadmeadow.
Three years after his signature success in the G1 Randwick Guineas, he overcame a wide journey with authority to score by a one-length victory under top-weight of 59 kg.
Laser Hawk (6g Artie Schiller – High Heels by Canny Lad) has been plagued with tendon injuries and Wednesday’s victory was just his 14th start for Gooree Pastoral owner-breeder Eduardo Cojuangco.
“There is no substitute for class,” jockey Hugh Bowman said. “He did it the hard way. The plan was to go forward but he was slowly away so I got him in a nice rhythm and he had a bit on them.”
Laser Hawk is now trained by Joe Pride after beginning his career with Gai Waterhouse. A half-brother to six-time Group 1 winner Desert War, he holds nominations for the G1 Doncaster Hcp and G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes during The Championships.
Artie Schiller (El Prado) has sired three stakes winners this season – Laser Hawks follows I Love It (G3 Bow Mistress Stakes) and Vain Queen (G3 Mumm Stakes). Emirates Park Victoria stands him for a $22,000 (inc gst) fee.