WAYNE Hawkes is buoyant about the long-term future of lightly raced mare La Amistad – a three-quarter sister of three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva.
La Amistad ($1.90 favourite) opened her winning account in Ballarat, taking out Tracy the Placement People Maiden, 2200m, in effortless style.
She raced away by almost three lengths from pacemaker Agreement ($3.80), on which Brett Prebble tried to steal the race by kicking away at the top of the home straight.
Hawkes was upbeat about La Amistad, a four-year-old having only her fourth lifetime start after minor placings in Ballarat and Bendigo.
Hawkes, who trains in partnership with his father John and brother Michael, described La Amistad as “just a baby”.
“She’s going somewhere and going somewhere strong,” he said.
“She had a bit on them. She’s still 12 months away.”
Hawkes predicts she will get to rise black-type class.
The stable is not being too ambitious yet though.
He said the initial aim was to get the mare’s rating up.
Jockey Dwayne Dunn was equally impressed with the run.
Dunn said La Amistad had picked up the leader nicely.
He said she had taken a while to settle in the run, with this stage of her career all about education.
“She’s done a good job,” Dunn said. “She’s come a long way.”
La Amistad and Makybe Diva are each daughters of broodmare Tugela.
La Amistad is by Redoute’s Choice and Makybe Diva is by Desert Sun – both sons of Danehill.
The Hawkes stable and Dunn went on to complete a double with Not Listenin’tome ($1.35 favourite) in the Hygain 0-64 Handicap, 1200m.
Not Listenin’tome is unbeaten after two runs.
He fronted up in Ballarat yesterday in unusual circumstances, having been a late scratching at Mornington on Wednesday.
He was withdrawn on veterinary advice after hitting his head in the horse stall area and sustaining a slight abrasion.
Damien Oliver also landed a double yesterday – winning on the Anthony Cummings-trained Brewing ($3 favourite) in the Porter Plant 3yo Maiden, 1600m, and Mercielaga (3.30 favourite) for Flemington-based Michael Moroney in the Hygain BM70 Handicap, 1400m.