Mr Mozart scored an impressive debut victory in the $50,000, Vinery Stud Handicap (1100m) on Warwick Farm’s Wednesday program in Sydney, overcoming an unfavourable barrier draw and awkward passage around the home-turn before proving too smart for his opposition.
A very flashy looking son of Snitzel trained by Team Hawkes, Mr Mozart went into his first race start off a Canterbury Park barrier trial victory just over a week beforehand.
Kept safe in betting despite his outside barrier, Mr Mozart displayed any amount of raw galloping ability when sent after the leaders soon after turning home and responding generously to a purposeful Tommy Berry ride to score with a length to spare on his nearest rival.
After leading for the majority of the contest and well into the straight, Amen Corner battled on well to finish runner-up, ahead of the late finishing Vaccine in third.
Yatsumi made solid progress over the closing stages to claim fourth with an encouraging first career start performance.
The winner Mr Mozart is the first foal of Euro Angel (NZ), a Group 3 winning daughter of Rip van Winkle also trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes during her notable racing career.
In fact, the father and sons combination is infinitely well-versed in the promising colt’s lineage having also trained another couple of black-type winning close relations in the form of Tulloch Stakes (G2) winner — and Australian Derby (G1) runner-up — Polish Knight (NZ), and dual GCTC AD Hollindale Stakes (G2) winner Leebaz (NZ).
Mr Mozart races in the ownership of Jamieson Park, Mr D V Russo, Mrs P F Collins, Mr A R McDonald, Mr R L Milne & Mr PJ Duggan.
Speaking after the debut victory, Michael Hawkes indicated that whatever Mr Mozart did today would be regarded as a bonus by connections, while Tommy Berry said that the best of the talented 2-year-old will be seen in future preparations as his middle-distance pedigree would suggest.
Mr Mozart was sent to post the $7.50 3rd favourite. Runner-up Amen Corner was returned at $10.00, and minor placegetter Vaccine at $21.00.
Trinity Missile started the contest as the $2.70 favourite but was caught deep throughout before fading in the straight.
Official margins on the race were 1 Len x Half Neck.
Winning time was 1m04.15s (last 600m in 34.50s).
Outside the first four horses home, Godolphin’s Brigantine did enough on debut to suggest that the son of Astern could feature in a longer juvenile contest during the Autumn, while Single Touch ran into a dead end over the closing stages and could be one to follow from the Gary Portelli stable.
Vinery Stud Handicap, photo finish picture ATC