Hawk Soars Into Cups Contention

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Hawkspur was a dominant winner of the Chelmsford Stakes. Picture: Simon Bullard/couriermail.com.au
Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur  emerged as a genuine player for the Spring Carnival riches in Melbourne with a dominant victory in the Group Two Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. Following his effortless success in the mile contest, Chris Waller’s four year-old firmed considerably for the Caulfield Cup ($19 into $10) and he will be aimed at that event before possibly going on to the Melbourne Cup  ($26 - $13). Two-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Jim Cassidy has ridden the gelding in his past five starts and is confident the son of Purrealist can measure up in Cups.

As well as winning the feature event in Sydney, Waller also trained the winner of the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington, with Foreteller edging out Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune over 1600m. Although his spring target is still to be confirmed, TattsBet slashed his price for the Cox Plate  ($51 - $21), Caulfield Cup  ($61 - $26) and the Melbourne Cup  ($126 - $31). 

Darley three year-old Long John  emerged as a Caulfield Guineas contender with a strong win in a Listed event over 1400m, while Charlieboy  will also be aimed at the race after beating a strong field in the Group Two Danehill Stakes.

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