Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes was full of praise for horse and jockey after Euro Angel ran out the comfortable winner of Saturday’s Trevor Clarke Handicap (1400m) at Fleming
Euro Angel ($3.50 fav) raced three wide with cover to the home turn before accelerating to the lead 200m out, going clear to defeat Avenue Whisper ($9) by three and a quarter lengths with Payroll ($9) making late headway to finish a head away third.
Hawkes trains Euro Angel in partnership with father John and brother Michael and said the win was not unexpected.
"It’s not very often you can say you had them covered at the 600 (metres) but she did,” Hawkes said. "We thought she’d run pretty good and it was a good effort.”
A half-sister to Group II winners Leebaz and Polish Knight, Euro Angel has won two of her three starts and Hawkes feels the three-year-old daughter of Rip Van Winkle can get to stakes level.
"She needs to win a couple of race to get herself up in the ratings to get into the better races but we are not in any hurry for the spring so we might just give her a couple more races and she’ll be cherry ripe for next autumn.
"Her first start in a race was a Chautauqua like win and she was over the top her next one.
"She’s done a really good job but we’ve had a good opinion of her for a while.”
Hawkes praised the patience of Ben Thompson.
"Very few three-kilo kids get back in the pack and know what they are doing. He rides as good as any of them.”
Thompson said Euro Angel was always in control of the race.
"She’s a classy filly for sure,” Thompson said. "She put them away before the 200 (metres).
"The way she won here I’d say she’ll have no problem getting out over further.
"She’s a real racehorse.”