First crop Fiorente gelding Hawkshot has been handed the coveted final All-Star Mile wildcard by Racing Victoria.
A brilliant 3.75L winner of the Group 2 Autumn Stakes and a brave last-start second in the Group 1 Australian Guineas, Hawkshot will be a leading contender in the innovative $5,000,000 race.
The All-Star Mile concept has been the subject of much media attention and the discussion surrounding the wildcard recipients had reached fever pitch prior to Monday’s announcement.
“There has been a healthy debate in recent weeks over who should receive the last three All-Star Mile wildcards, and it was impossible to overlook the performance of Mystic Journey in the Australian Guineas,” Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter said.
“The decision on who should receive the final wildcard was more difficult, with several contenders presenting their case over recent weekends, but ultimately the panel felt that emerging three-year-old star Hawkshot was the worthiest recipient.
“He was a breathtakingly brilliant winner of the Autumn Stakes and then ran bravely when leading in the Australian Guineas from the outside gate to beat all bar Mystic Journey.
“With his Lindsay Park stablemate Amphitrite already voted into the field, the first three runners home in the Australian Guineas, our signature three-year-old race of the autumn, will now contest the race and represent the next generation of equine stars,” said Greg.
In further good news for the stallion, Fiorente is proving a popular stallion with the buying bench at 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale this week. An outstanding colt (lot 203) sold to Ciaron Maher Racing / John Foote Bloodstock for $320,000, whilst a Marie Rose (GB) filly sold for $205,000.
Currently averaging $262,500 after Day 2 at the Sale, there are four more yearlings representing Fiorente still to be sold.