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Deep Field To Bounce Back In McCarten
Wayne Hawkes says that smart sprinter Deep Field (Northern Meteor-Listen Here, by Elusive Quality) is in excellent condition as he prepares to get his autumn campaign back on track in Saturday's Gr3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens, reports horseracing.com.au. The gifted son of Northern Meteor will be looking to bounce back to his brilliant best after forfeiting his unbeaten record when making his Gr1 debut in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington two weeks ago, when finishing a well beaten third behind the world's joint highest rated sprinter Lankan Rupee. Team Hawkes offered no excuses for Deep Field's disappointing Lightning performance, and are hoping Saturday is the first step in restoring the horse's reputation. "He has pulled up perfect," Hawkes told RSN. "One of our favourite lines to the owners is that next run will determine last run and he is running in Sydney on Saturday in the Maurice McCarten." He added, "We will take stock from there, but at the moment he has had two runs up the straight and probably hasn't quite produced. If he had of won that we probably would have run him in the Newmarket (Gr1), but he didn't and we just have to take stock."