A powerhouse finish from Dirty Work to win the Group 2 $300,000 McCafé Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield today sees the Team Hawkes trained stallion enter calculations for The Everest.
There is still one slot owned by Chris Waller Racing to be filled for the $15m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 17 and even though co-trainer Wayne Hawkes shrugged off suggestions of heading back to Sydney, discussions for an Everest slot could be in the making.
“An Everest slot. When is that?” Hawkes said.
“Is that a Sydney race. I’m from Victoria.”
Dirty Work had most of the field in front of him on the home turn but when William Pike pushed the go button, he stormed down the centre of the track to score a last stride win.
Diamond Effort ($4 favourite) was nosed out by Dirty Work ($4.20) with Octane ($13) finishing a close up third.
“They certainly gave Willie Pike and the horse he visitor’s run, that is for sure,” said Wayne Hawkes, who trains in partnership with his father John and brother Michael.
“Four deep and last and he just had to go back and get in. They were scooting around the corner and didn’t go overly hard so I thought he has to going to dig deep. It was centimeter perfect.”
“He certainly has a home at stud now.”