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New Zealand-bred three-year-old Street Hawk, a winner at two of his six New Zealand starts, remains unbeaten in Western Australia and looks set to develop into a strong candidate for the $200,000 WA Derby on November 4.
He was the $1.80 favourite from barrier five and did all the hard work in the breeze before beating the fast-finishing $5 chance Paul Edward by a head in the 2130m Trevors Getaway Holiday Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
This was the Bettors Delight gelding’s third victory from three WA starts for star trainers Greg and Skye Bond and crack reinsman Ryan Warwick.
Polemarker Free Wheeling ($6) set a fast early pace, with a 36.3 lead time before Jocelyn Young was able to get the filly to relax with opening quarters of the final mile in 31.7sec. and 30.1sec. The third 400m section was covered in a slick 28.1sec. gained the upper hand 400m from home. The final 400m was run in 28.8sec. and Street Hawk fought on determinedly to hold out Paul Edward, who had trailed the pacemaker until getting into the clear on the home turn.
Street Hawk is the fourth foal out of the Falcon Seelster mare Racketeers Girl, who earned $86,545 from eight wins and 14 placings from 54 starts.
Racketeers Girl was bred in New Zealand but did all her racing in Western Australia where her most notable victory for trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice was in the $25,000 Mares Classic Consolation on November 30, 2012, when she was a $31 outsider and beat Centrefold Angel by a head. She returned to New Zealand in 2013 for a stud career.