One to Watch – Hawkesbury

Tara Madgwick - Thursday October 21

Group I MRC Thousand Guineas winner Yearning was not the only Snitzel filly that found her way from Arrowfield Stud to the stables of Hawkes Racing after they withdrew all their yearlings from the 2020 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Smirnova makes it two wins from two starts at Hawkesbury - image Hawkesbury Race Club Twitter

Smirnova made a winning debut at Newcastle on October 2 and then made it two wins in as many starts when scoring at Hawkesbury on Thursday with Tommy Berry in the saddle.

Sent out a hot favourite in the Class 1 event over 1000m, Smirnova was given a perfect ride by Berry and gave plenty when challenged to win by half a length.

Raced by Arrowfield and KCC Racing, Smirnova is the three-quarter sister to Group II placed Redoute’s Choice colt Tchaikovsky, who topped the 2017 Magic Millions Yearling Sale for Arrowfield when selling to James Harron Bloodstock for $1.3million.

Tchaikovsky ultimately ended up a very disappointing horse winning only one of 18 starts and is now a gelding.

Bred by Arrowfield, Smirnova is the fourth winner from foal to race from Ballet Blue, an unraced half-sister by Stravinsky (USA) to Group II winner The Heavyweight and stakes-winners Happy Strike, Born Western and Zedrich.

Ballet Blue has a yearling colt by Snitzel, but no foal this year after missing to The Autumn Sun.




Race Result - Fowler Civil Contracting (C1) 1000m

Hawkesbury Track: Good(3) Time: 0:57.09
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry 56.5
3f Snitzel (AUS) x Ballet Blue (AUS) (Stravinsky (USA))
Flash Point
T: John Thompson J: Rachel King 57.5
5m Charm Spirit (IRE) x Miss Pelear (NZ) (Mr Nancho (ARG))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone, NSW
B: Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA)
Winds Of War
T: T P Croft J: Tim Clark 58
4g Headwater (AUS) x Mediator (AUS) (Danewin (AUS))
T: Matthew Smith J: A B Collett 56.5
4m Super One (AUS) x Easy Rock (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $95,000
V:M & S McCann Goomburra Qld
B: Matthew Smith Racing
T: I B Finn J: J Ford 59
4g Choisir (AUS) x Solar Verde (GB) (Oasis Dream (GB))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Edinglassie Stud Muswellbrook NSW
B: Caleb Ong
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