One To Watch – Hawkesbury

Mark Smith - Wednesday April 14

As a sister to the triple Group II winner and multiple Group 1 placed Libertini, much was expected of De An Andretti when she made her career debut over 1100m at Hawkesbury on Wednesday.

It could quite easily have gone pear-shaped for the Ron Quinton-trained 2yo when she jumped sideways at the start, cannoning in to the runners on her inside.

Still well back in the field rounding the home turn, De An Andretti was eased out to the centre of the track by Andrew Adkins. Once balanced up, she picked off runner after to runner to defeat the Your Song filly Your Too Good by a neck with the No Nay Never filly Hoover Lucy a long-neck back in third.


It was just the second win back for Adkins following a serious injury.

“She’s obviously a class filly to overcome what happened to her at the start,”Adkins said.

“I don’t know if the girth pinched her or not, but she half-bucked coming out of the gates and she ran a few off the track.

“She got into a nice rhythm. I got on to the back of Kerrin McEvoy’s mount coming to the corner. I let her balance up and she savaged the line, like I knew she would.

“She felt like the winner a soon as we straightened up. She came here off just one trial and she is a big, gross horse.

“Hats off to Ron, he knows what he is doing.”  


A homebred for Gerry Harvey, De An Andretti is the fourth winner from the first five foals of the 2011 Group 1 ATC Coolmore Classic heroine Aloha (Encosta De Lago).

The only non-winner is the Sebring filly The Motley Fool who earned the wrath of stewards at Pakenham recently when she refused to load. She copped a warning when proving difficult to load when second at only start at Geelong last June.  

Aloha has a yearling brother to Libertini and De An Andretti named Hawaii Five Oh. The daughter of Encosta de Lago was covered by I Am Invincible again last season.

De An Andretti was the tenth 2yo winner for I Am Invincible this season. Minutes later, the Yarraman Park Stud stallion had his 11th when the Danny O’Brien-trained I Am In The Mood made a winning debut over 1100m at Bendigo.

Out of the Group III ATC Epona Stakes winner Intimate Moment (Dubawi), I Am In The Mood races for Widden Stud and partners after failing to make his $500,000 reserve at the 2020 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.



Race Result - The Royal Richmond Hotel Mdn 1100m

Hawkesbury Track: Good(4) Time: 1:02.43
De An Andretti
T: R J Quinton J: A Adkins 56
2f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Aloha (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Your Too Good
T: Mark Newnham J: J Parr 56
2f Your Song (AUS) x Way Too Good (AUS) (Strategic Maneuver (AUS))
Hoover Lucy
T: C J Waller J: J Bowman 56
2f No Nay Never (USA) x Chelsea Hotel (AUS) (Dylan Thomas (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Torryburn Stud, Torryburn, NSW
B: Woppitt Bloodstock
California Surreal
T: P & P Snowden J: K Mc Evoy 56
2f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Serene Majesty (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $650,000
V:Kitchwin Hills, Scone
B: Asian Bloodstock Services Ltd
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: B Avdulla 56
2f Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Alderney (AUS) (High Chaparral (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $120,000
V:Glastonbury Farms, Scone, NSW
B: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing
Heavenly Field
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: Tim Clark 56
2f Deep Field (AUS) x Angel's Touch (AUS) (Dane Shadow (AUS))
Blinding Light
T: Brad Widdup J: R Dolan 56
2f Sebring (AUS) x Solar Cry (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Hide Your Heart
T: Bjorn Baker J: T Marquand 56
2f Sebring (AUS) x Cautious (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley, NSW
B: Darby Racing/De Burgh Equine
MM National Weanling Sale $150,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd Scone NSW
B: Redwall Bloodstock
Summer Fire
T: R & M Freedman J: Regan Bayliss 56
2f Rubick (AUS) x Bon Fire (AUS) (Octagonal (NZ))
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: J R Collett 56
2f Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Simply Spiteful (USA) (Speightstown (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Highgrove Stud, Darling Downs, Qld
B: Mitchell Bloodstock (FBAA)/Group 1 Goldmine
T: G R Nickson J: A Layt 56
2f Choisir (AUS) x Aunt Mimi (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
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