Talented three-year-old Devil Hawk has returned to the winner’s circle in style at Newcastle this afternoon; producing an impressive turn of foot to take out the Group 3 Newcastle Spring Stakes (1600m) by a head.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Tye Angland settled Devil Hawk is prime position on the heels of early leaders Clash Of Clans, Wudang Mountain and Arsonsit, who flew the gates and injected plenty of tempo into the Spring Stakes.
Rounding onto the final straight with plenty to do, Angland allowed the Purrealist colt to balance before asking for an extra effort; the horse immediately responding to produce an impressive turn of foot and hit the line ahead of Tatoosh and Gold Ambition.
Angland delivered a gem of a ride aboard Devil Hawk for success in the 2015 Spring Stakes and is confident the horse is looking for more ground.
While yet to be set on a specific path this time, trainer Chris Waller may consider a race like the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on October 10th as the major target for Devil Hawk this time.
“He’s a horse that thrives on confidence and everything going smoothly for him like it did first-up,” Angland said after the Newcastle Spring Stakes.
“Today we had the perfect run – the pace was on.
“Coming out when we wanted to he didn’t flatten out really well but he’s a horse that’s looking for further and he’s still learning how to gallop, so that’s really going to improve him.
“I thought I was beaten at the 100 and once I pulled the whip through and just gave him one to straighten back out because he was floating so to speak.
“It was a good win.”
In taking out the 2015 Spring Stakes, Devil Hawk has extended his record to two wins and a minors through only six career starts.
Punters who backed Devil Hawk to win the 2015 Newcastle Spring Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au have been paid out on generous $13 odds!