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Hawkes Predicting Bright Future For Zara Bay
Meanwhile, co-trainer Wayne Hawkes confirmed that beautifully bred 2YO filly Zara Bay will contest the Gr2 BTC Sires' Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday. The daughter of Fastnet Rock and Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Legally Bay showed she had above average ability when making a promising debut over 1250m at Canterbury on 13 May, going down narrowly to the highly regarded Bart & James Cummings-trained Who's Gorgeous. "Straight after the race I was watching the interview and James Cummings said that they had a big opinion of the winner and that always makes you feel a bit better after the race," Hawkes told Shane Anderson on RSN radio yesterday. "She was a home-bred that they kept, she would have been a star at the Inglis Easter Sale, no doubt, but they decided to keep her. She's definitely an A-grader on pedigree and type and she was only beaten by a bob of the head." He added: "If she draws a good barrier she'll go, if she doesn't draw a good barrier she probably won't go. If she goes she will go up tomorrow night [Thursday]." Hawkes said that regardless of whether or not Zara Bay lines up on the weekend, she is a filly with a bright future whom the stable hopes can make an impact in the spring. "She is a lovely filly going somewhere, she has only had the one run and there are very few Fastnet Rock's that win at two," he said. "There are very few Fastnet Rock's that even get there at two so, she's got there early and her Mother was a good sprinter that ran second in The Galaxy, but mum took a fair while to actually come...so she's probably doing things that she shouldn't." He added, "She's a nice filly. We'd rather give her one less than one more because we want her back in the spring in Melbourne to be honest." Zara Bay looks like making the trip north after drawing well in barrier 5. She will be ridden by proven big race jockey Glen Boss. Click here to view all fields for Doomben 10,000 day.