Spill The Beans wins Hawkesbury Guineas
Arrowfield’s crack sprinting colt Spill The Beans left his rivals no excuses when taking out Saturday’s $200,000 Hawkesbury Guineas 1400m G3 under topweight of 58kg and in track record time of 1:22.10.
It’s the second time in a decade that the Stud’s colours have been carried by the Hawkesbury Guineas winner. The race was won by Alverta in 2007, three years before her Coolmore Classic G1 victory and third in the Newmarket July Cup G1.
Spill The Beans jumped smartly from gate 9 and Tim Clark elected to stay wide as the colt took control of the pace. He rolled along sweetly in front until the turn when Clark asked him to sprint, and received a decisive response that put the race in his keeping. Spill The Beans ran the last 600 metres in 34 flat, with Denmagic and Serene Magic filling the minor placings, more than two lengths away.
Trainer Gerald Ryan, only two wins away from a century of wins by Snitzel’s progeny, said, “He was the best horse in the race. Class factor. The bit of sting out of the ground suited him too.”
Spill The Beans has now won four of his nine starts, including both his juvenile runs and February’s Eskimo Prince S. G3, for prizemoney of more than $360,000.
From the family of Group 1 winners Bounding Away, Glastonbury and Speak Fondly, Spill The Beans was offered by Arrowfield at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, but failed to meet his reserve.
His winning dam Miss Dodwell (by Falbrav) has an unraced 2YO filly, Kenedna (by Not A Single Doubt) in the Darren Weir stable, and her yearling filly by Smart Missile was purchased for $110,000 by Dermot Farrington & Tony Karakatsanis at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Miss Dodwell also has a weanling filly by Smart Missile and is in foal again to Snitzel.
The next target for Spill The Beans will be the $400,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas over 1400 metres at Scone on 14 May and that’s likely to be his final appearance this season.
April was busy for Snitzel’s progeny who averaged a win a day for the month. Five of his April winners were 2YOs, including the colt El Divino (ATC Kindergarten S. G3) and the filly Modern Wonder, so impressive when winning the SAJC Dequetteville S. LR on debut.
Snitzel closed out the month with a tri-state flourish as Spill The Beans was joined in the winner’s circle on Saturday by fellow Arrowfield-breds Kayjay’s Joy who posted her 7th career win at Caulfield, and Bourne Supremacy, who notched up win number 5 at Ascot in Perth.