By Brad Gray At Rosehill Gardens
Hualalai emphatically took out the opener at Rosehill Gardens which has the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable plotting a path towards Group One targets.
“He is obviously a hugely talented colt and he is just starting to put it all together and we saw that today,” said Adrian Bott.
“The blinkers were the key and he switched off nicely.
“We’ll plan a path towards the (Caulfield) Guineas whether we keep him going now or give him a quick little freshen up and map a path, we’ll talk with Gai tonight.”
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Hugh Bowman backed up Bott’s claims that the two-year-old son of Street Cry had the ability to measure up in much better races but was still a work in progress.
“You’ve only got to look at him to see that he has certainly got charisma and he feels to me as though he has got class,” said Bowman.
“He is still a bit of a boy. He is a boy in a man’s body really. He is a very mature horse physically but I’d like to see him switch on a bit up stairs. He seemed to just lug in a little bit when he got to the front but there is no doubt that he has got it.
“He is in the right hands to get the best out of him.
“Tommy (Berry) rang me this morning as did Gai to give me as much information about him as they could. He is certainly a nice horse in the making.”
The heavily-backed Heliosphere, who started a clear favourite ahead of Hualalai, bungled the start which forced Tim Clark to make an early move before his run came to an end to finish third.
The fourth-placed All Too Soon produced an eye-catching debut for the David Payne yard finding the line for Deanne Panya after also missing the kick.
Hualalai saluting for Hugh Bowman