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Blue Blood Fastnet Colts Clash At Rosehill
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes is hoping that regally bred colt Jadeer can stamp himself as a genuine spring carnival contender at Rosehill on Saturday. The 3YO by Fastnet Rock will step out for the second time in a benchmark 72 handicap over 1400m after scoring an impressive front-running debut win at Hawkesbury 13 days ago. A homebred for owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Jadeer's pedigree makes him a priceless stallion prospect should he manage to win some black-type this preparation. The blue blooded colt is a half-brother to South African Gr1 winner Amanee and is out of a daughter of the legendary European mare Miesque, dam of multiple Gr1 winner and outstanding sire Kingmambo. "Michael Kirwan said he's probably one of the best bred Fastnet Rocks in the country," Hawkes said. "Sheikh Kalifa owns him so he won't be getting gelded that's for sure." Team Hawkes has no firm plans for Jadeer just yet, but Hawkes admitted some of the 3YO staying features in Melbourne may be on the agenda if he can perform up to expectations on Saturday. "He bolted in the other day at Hawkesbury and this is a really nice race for him at his second start," he said. "Hopefully we can get the job done and then head south to Melbourne and take on some of the staying races over the spring." Arguably the toughest to beat for Jadeer on Saturday will be the Gai Waterhouse-trained River Wild, who announced himself as a potential Gr1 horse when scoring a stunning six-length win on debut at Kembla Grange 13 days ago. By Fastnet Rock out of the Irish River mare Romantic River, River Wild is a three-quarter brother to Waterhouse's former top-class mare Aqua D'Amore (Danehill) and a full-brother to Gr2 Sandown Guineas winner Petrology.