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LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: The Hawkes stable have employed the skills of Cessnock Hall of Fame jockey Robert Thompson to ride top chance Primavera in Saturday's fillies maiden plate.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE: The Hawkes stable have employed the skills of Cessnock Hall of Fame jockey Robert Thompson to ride top chance Primavera in Saturday's fillies maiden plate.

Australian and Newcastle Hunter Hall of Fame jockey Robert Thompson has only taken the one ride at the Newcastle Herald race meeting at Broadmeadow on Saturday.

Her first-up run at Gosford was full of merit and this is a lovely race for her.

Trainer Michael Hawkes on Primavera

Thompson has had a good association over the years with the Hawkes family, who train out of Rosehill, and he will be aboard their three-year-old filly Primavera in the 1200 metre three-year-old fillies Maiden Plate.

Primavera , a $520,000 purchase by the successful China Horse Club Racing Syndicate and Pinecliff Racing at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter sales, has raced once this preparation at Gosford on May 4 and was well supported.

A slow start from barrier five had the filly well back early on and she found the line powerfully behind Flame Of Love.

For this second-up assignment, she is ideally drawn in barrier four and will appreciate the spacious Newcastle circuit.

Michael Hawkes, a co-trainer with his father and brother, said on Thursday that he expected the filly to win this race.

“We are taking her to Newcastle hoping that she can win as she will be sold at the Magic Millions sale at the Gold Coast next month,” he said.

“Her first-up run at Gosford was full of merit and this is a lovely race for her.

“She is a blue blood by champion Australian sire Redoute’s Choice and her dam Flame Of Sydney is a very good producer.

“We’ve engaged Robert for the ride as he rides most of our horses at the Saturday Newcastle meetings when he is available.”

Primavera’s main threat looks to be former Queensland filly Bucasia, which is having her first start for Newcastle trainer Paul Perry.

Bucasia has only had the one start at Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on April 2 when she finished second when in the care of David Vandyke.

Since entering Perry’s stable the filly was highly impressive in a recent Newcastle barrier trial win. Unfortunately, she has drawn barrier 13 at the tricky 1200m start where the run to the first bend is abbreviated.

Jockey Paul King will need to have navigational skills honed to a premium on the daughter of Mossman but  from what was she showed in her trial on May 10, she’s capable of winning in the very near future.