Fiorente (Monsun) first crop son Hawkshot races into Australian Guineas contention at Caulfield

Hawkshot raced into Australian Guineas contention with a soft win in the Group II Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Bookmakers slashed Hawkshot's Australian Guineas quote from $26 to $8 after the three-year-old led throughout to score by 3-¾ lengths over the Sydney galloper Dealmaker while Ringerdingding finished third at his first outing for Chris Waller.

Hawkshot only arrived at the Lindsay Park stable on Monday after his transfer from the Darren Weir yard.

Winning rider Mark Zahra said the work he had done on Hawkshot in partnership with Weir was a key to the son of Fiorente's comfortable front-running win.

Hawkshot won in Benchmark 64 company two starts back but Zahra said that programme was part of the gelding's education.

"Weiry and I spent four runs riding him quietly getting him to relax," Zahra said.

"He's with Lindsay Park now and we took him straight to the front. He relaxed beautifully and was never going to lose.

"The mile won't be any issue."

Co-trainer Ben Hayes said he and his training partners David Hayes and Tom Dabernig relied on Zahra's input.

"It was important the input from Mark as the horse has only been in our yard since Monday," Hayes said.

"He came to us looking a million dollars and he ran very well and on that he looks a genuine chance in the Guineas."

-RACENET.COM

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