After a last start second at Flemington over 1600m, Team Hawkes did what they do best – and crossed the border back into NSW to see the Blue Sky Bloodstock yearling purchase SANTA ROCKS contest the TAB Rewards Handicap over 1900m at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Having only her second start over the journey, the Newgate Farm sold Fastnet Rock mare headed forward from a wide gate before going to the lead for James Inners Jnr.
Controlling the race from the get-go, Santa Rocks maintained a moderate tempo, settling a length ahead of Tender, with a further few lengths to Bleiler in third, and then a large gap to the remainder of the field.
Stepping up the tempo before the home turn, it was evident that only a very strong staying performance from something behind the mare was going to win the race as she continued to perform strongly in the lead.
Kicking with gusto for home as the field travelled into the short Canterbury straight, Santa Rocks put the race to bed as she extended in the final 100 meters to win the race by four and a half lengths in the time of 2.00.54 from Tender and Kikongo.
Raced by J C Ashton, G P Calder, W G Bax, J M Andrews, J M Andrews, Mrs R E Andrews, Favretto Bloodstock (Mgr: P J Favretto), Adcock Thoroughbred Racing Pty Ltd (Mgr: B A Adcock), Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd (Mgr: J M Messara) and Henry Field Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: H A Field), Santa Rocks is out of Johannesburg mare Aussie Christmas and was purchased from the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in conjunction with Paul Messara Racing.
Interestingly, Team Hawkes purchased the Foxwedge yearling out of the mare at the 2015 Easter sale.
With the recent Magic Millions National Yearling Sale held on the Gold Coast, Blue Sky Bloodstock were active in purchasing fillies by Snitzel, Pierro and Nicconi and if you would like any information on any of them, or any yearlings secured earlier in the year, please contact Julian Blaxland on 0431 746 803.