Wild Planet Stakes His Claim for the Epsom

Mark Smith - Saturday September 12

Wild Planet has not had the best of luck in two starts since winning the Listed VRC March Stakes at Flemington in March but everything fell into place for the son of Animal Kingdom (USA) in Saturday’s Group II  Iron Jack Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill.

Some luck at last for Wild Planet (Steve Hart)

While James McDonald was forced to cover plenty of extra ground on the favourite Funstar, Tommy berry was able to extricate Wild Planet from a pocket to have last shot at the daughter of Adelaide(IRE) to win by a long-neck with Godolphin’s consistent Lonhro gelding Ranier a length back in third.

It was a career highlight for Hawkes Racing’s 5yo gelding who advances his record to 5 wins, 4 seconds and 2 thirds from 17 starts with earnings of $615,900.

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He has earned a chance in the Group 1 Epsom handicap according to co-trainer Michael Hawkes.

"He's in the Epsom and that's the way we're heading with him at this stage," Hawkes said.

"There was a little bit of deja vu there when he got locked up coming around the corner but you've got to give this horse credit, he really fights hard.

Wild Planet was a $280,000 Easter Yearling

Purchased by Hawkes Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $280,000 out of the Arrowfield draft at the 2017 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Wild Planet is a half-brother to Group 1 MRC Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth (Dundeel) out of the Redoute's Choice mare Salutations who is a daughter of Group II winner Toast Of The Coast (Rory's Jester).

Salutations has a yearling brother to Super Seth and was bred back to Dundeel again last spring.

 

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Race Result - Theo Marks Stakes Gr2 1300m

Rosehill Track: Good(4) Time: 1:15.73
1
Wild Planet
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry 54
5g Animal Kingdom (USA) x Salutations (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Session 2 $280,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: Hawkes Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock
2
0.4
Funstar
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 55
4m Adelaide (IRE) x Starspangled (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
Adelaide
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Bowness Stud, Young
B: Anton Koolman Bloodstock Pty Ltd
3
1.4
Ranier
T: James Cummings J: J R Collett 56
5g Lonhro (AUS) x Kanzan (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
4
1.6
Special Reward
T: K A Lees J: N Rawiller 57
5g Demerit (AUS) x Special Kiseki (AUS) (Special Bond (AUS))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $145,000
V:Taunton Vale Dardanup WA
B: John Chalmers Bloodstock (FBAA)
5
2.2
Duca Valentinois
T: James Cummings J: Rachel King 53.5
9g Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) x Love Valentine (IRE) (Fruits Of Love (USA))
6
2.5
Signore Fox
T: P & P Snowden J: J Penza 53
5h Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Sharp Susan (USA) (Touch Gold (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains
B: Snowden Racing
7
2.7
Fender
T: B F Cavanough J: Jean Van Overmeire 54
4g Toronado (IRE) x Ceccanti (AUS) (Arena (AUS))
8
3.1
Tyzone
T: A J & T Edmonds J: J Byrne 58.5
7g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Rezonet (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
MM Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale $60,000
V:Kenmore Lodge Dulacca Qld
B: Magic Millions As Agent
9
4.0
Riodini
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Tim Clark 53
4g Proisir (AUS) x Giardini (NZ) (Perfectly Ready (AUS))
10
5.1
Niccanova
T: Craig Carmody J: Regan Bayliss 57.5
7g Nicconi (AUS) x Dananova (AUS) (Snippetson (AUS))
11
10.8
Crack On Crack On
T: Gary & John Moore J: G Boss 54
6g Havana Gold (IRE) x Almunia (IRE) (Mujadil (USA))
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