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Melbourne Beckons For Deep Field
Deep Field, arguably Australia's most exciting horse, is only a 50-50 chance of making the trip south for the Melbourne Spring Carnival following his brilliant win in the Listed Lightning Handicap at Randwick on Saturday. Speaking on RSNs Racing Ahead yesterday, co-trainer Michael Hawkes said that no decision had yet been made regarding Deep Field's immediate future. "He's a four-year-old but he's really like a three-year-old; he's just a big baby. It was a step up for him on Saturday but he handled it with ease so hopefully there are bigger and better things in store for him," Hawkes said. "He pulled up well. He was nice and bright on Sunday. The next few days will determine what we do and where we go. There is nothing left for him up here in Sydney so the next step is Melbourne but he's only 50-50. We haven't picked out any race in particular." He added, "We've said all along that the spring is not really his time. His time will be the autumn." Hawkes said that it was a privilege to have a horse of Deep Field's quality in the stable. "It's exciting," said Hawkes. "His best attribute is that he is a high cruising, speed horse. Alan Bell [owner] pointed it out on Saturday that Schillaci used to do the same thing - he'd have them off the bit and chasing a long way out." He added, "This horse will go the next level (Gr1 level), it's just a matter of when."