Team Hawkes has its eyes on more QTIS dollars after banking a bonus with promising colt Dalton in the Bollinger Hcp (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Dalton (2c Freeze – Licenced to Chill by Choisir) cost $20,000 from the Yarramalong Park draft at the 2012 QTIS Sale. “He’s an athletic, running type and QTIS is a big enticement,” Michael Hawkes said. “You’ve got to go where the money is and I’m surprised there’s not more QTIS horses. We will definitely be back for this year’s Sale.”
Dalton was beaten by subsequent Magic Millions winner Real Surreal at his previous start at Eagle Farm and didn’t earn enough prizemoney to make the field for the Gold Coast Classic. “We weren’t going down that path anyway,” Hawkes explained. “He’s already earned over $70,000 and is doing a good job.”
Dalton returned to Sydney after the Eagle Farm win and will now go out for a spell. His sire Freeze has 9 yearlings nominated for the QTIS Sale at the Gold Coast on March 17 and 18.
Freeze (Marscay) won at Randwick and is a half-brother to successful Widden Stud sire Snippetson. Another half-brother Snowland sired G1 winning mare Absolut Glam but he encountered fertility problems at Gooree Stud.
Freeze initially stood at Stratheden Stud in NSW but was transferred to Springfields Stud in Queensland when Judy Marheine dispersed her family’s bloodstock interests several years ago.
Dalton is from a winning daughter of NZ bred mare The Big Chill (O’Reilly). She was a Flemington stakes winner and was also G1 placed in a MVRC Manikato Stakes and SAJC Goodwood Hcp.
Freeze colt banks a QTIS bonus at Eagle Farm