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Gold Force Resumes On Saturday

Friday, 1st August 2014

Promising 3YO Gold Force (Flying Spur-Blue Note, by Falbrav), a three-quarter brother to triple Gr1-winning miler Mentality, will open his spring campaign in the Mitchelton Wines Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday. The son of Flying Spur showed he was a young horse with above average talent when scoring an impressive 3-length win in the $250,000 Inglis 2YO Premier Stakes (1200m) at Mornington in February. He then stepped up to stakes company in the Gr2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, but was disappointing finishing eight lengths behind the Gai Waterhouse-trained winner Valentia ($1.35 million sale topper at 2013 Magic Millions). Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes, one-third of the triumvirate comprising his father John and brother Michael, said Gold Force had returned from a break a more mature racehorse but was undecided as to what races he would target over the spring. "He's done really well. You have to forget about the Skyline. He over-raced and pulled and just fell in a hole...he was probably at the end of his prep too," Wayne Hawkes told RSN yesterday. "He's back bigger, better and stronger but there are three or four realistic chances in the race on Saturday. But he will be competitive. He's a push button horse who is a three-quarter brother to Mentality. He's typical of the Flying Spur breed he's done everything right." Hawkes added, "There is no goal for the horse. I'd love to think he could be like Mentality but not many horses win a Gr1 over a mile at two, three and four. But if he can run a strong mile like Mentality did, then that would give us plenty of options." Gold Force is out of the unraced Falbrav mare Blue Note, a half-sister to Mentality from the US-bred mare Synaesthesia. Trained by John Hawkes, Mentality enjoyed a remarkable affinity with Royal Randwick's famous mile course, winning three Gr1s over the track and distance, namely the Champagne Stakes (at two), Randwick Guineas (at three), and George Main Stakes (at four).

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