Team Hawkes ran one-two in the $1m Group One De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill with Ole Kirk narrwly beating North Pacific, with the odds on favourite Rothfire finishing fourth.
Tommy Berry (Ole Kirk): “I didn’t know it was James outside me. I thought I was beaten 80m out but Ole just pinned his ears back, he didn’t want to lie down."
“He’s had a great attitude all preparation, he’s definitely a lot more mature than he was last season. The writing was on the wall last time, everyone forgot about him to a certain extent but we definitely didn’t at home in the stable.
“(The Golden Rose) was my first Group One and this was my 30th so it’s great.”
Ole Kirk beats North Pacific in the Golden Rose
Jim Byrne (Rothfire): “He travelled a bit too strong outside the leader so I ended up taking it up myself. He got soft sections but as soon as we went over the line he felt a bit lame. Need to see what the vet says.”
Hugh Bowman (King's Legacy): “Raced really well. Certainly more comfortable at this distance and when he gets to a mile he’ll be even more comfortable.”
Nash Rawiller (Mamaragan): “He overdid it first time in the winkers. Went okay but is just not there yet. Hasn’t put it all together yet. He jumped better today and thought it would pan out beautifully for us.”
James McDonald (North Pacific): “He tried his heart out. He went super.”
Brenton Avdulla (Global Quest): “I ended up in a good spot. He just got a little bit wobbly at the top of the straight. I feel he is looking for a mile plus.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Peltzer): “He was okay. He might have felt the ground today.”
Glen Boss (Sauvestre): “Every hope. Not good enough.”
Tim Clark (Yardstick): “He has come to the end of his prep.”