Securing several typically impressive results over the 2014 Spring Carnival, prominent owner Lloyd Williams has revealed Macedon Lodge stable star Fawkner is likely to contest a single autumn freshen-up in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 27th.
Ending his impressive four race preparation tenth in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 4th, Fawkner has lined up for the two most recent editions of the William Reid Stakes; placing third in 2013 and seventh in 2014 in what has been used by trainer Robert Hickmott as a competitive hit-out in working towards the Spring Racing Carnival.
Confirming none of his current crop will contest much of a campaign through autumn once again; Williams told TVN the William Reid Stakes offers the best possible hit-and-run target for the talented stayer with a long view towards spring.
“I don’t come out much to play in the autumn,” Williams said.
“I’ve brought them back into work to give them a bit of conditioning. I might run them, I might not. I’m spring bent.
“There is nothing of our horses planned for any serious Group 1 attacks.”
Claiming a commendable race record of ten victories and eight minor place finishes over just 26 competitive appearances on course so far, Fawkner followed up his 2013 William Reid Stakes appearance seventh in the Group 3 Tramway Stakes (1400m) in spring; continuing to build in form and class via a fifth place finish in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and third in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) before charging home to take out the major Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October; returning to the paddock following a credible sixth in the Melbourne Cup.
Running an agonizingly-close second to Dissident in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) first-up in the 2014 spring, the Reset gelding returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 11th before again finishing just off the pace of impressive victor Adelaide in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) in what was his only other start prior to the most recent edition of the Melbourne Cup.
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