$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in bonuses*
$500 Bonus Bet
Sign-up, deposit $500 & receive $500 in bonus bets. That's $1000 to bet with!*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up and get your first bet matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Swear Michael Hawkes is confident Swear can overcome barrier 11

When a star trio of colts emerged amid Hawkes Racing’s three-year-old winning spree, Swear was anointed the stayer of the bunch to be sent on a Group One charge.

He gets his first chance to repay the faith in Saturday’s Spring Champion Stakes over 2000 metres at Randwick.

Stablemate Divine Prophet will also contest a Group One race in the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on Saturday, while the third member of the high-flying trio Star Turn, will run in the Group Two Schillaci Stakes over 1100m.

Swear finished sixth after being squeezed for room in the final 200m of the Gloaming Stakes, less than a length from winner Veladero.

“You’ve just got to put a line through last start. He got too far back,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said.

Before the Gloaming, Swear won the Group Three Ming Dynasty Quality on September 3 and Hawkes described him as a stayer on the up.

While barrier 11 of 11 is not ideal, Hawkes believes Swear has the quality to overcome the widest gate.

“Unfortunately he’s drawn awkward but you know what? He gets his chance to win because he’s a good colt,” Hawkes said.

“He’s a good chance.”

If Swear is a member of Hawkes Racing’s rock star group of three-year-old colts, Ready Fire Aim is for now, in one of the support acts.

He is one of two maidens in the Spring Champion along with the Pat Carey-trained Khartoum, but Hawkes believes his spot is justified.

“We’re throwing him in the deep end but he’s definitely got the ability to be there,” Hawkes said.

Ready Fire Aim was defeated in a Hawkesbury maiden last start as he stretched out to 1800m for the first time.

“He’s probably looking for further,” Hawkes said.

Swear is at $6 for the Spring Champion behind Yankee Rose who is $2.60 favourite to become the first filly to win the race, and Prized Icon at $3.50.

Ready Fire Aim is a $51 chance.

Godolphin colt Honeywine couldn’t reel in Veladero in the Gloaming, while stablemate Retaliation was relegated from third to fourth following a successful protest by the connections of Prized Icon.

Godolphin managing director Henry Plumptre said both were staking their claims for the Group One Victoria Derby at Flemington on October 29.

“Both colts are among the stable’s more prominent Derby candidates and both are in great form,” Plumptre said.

“Honeywine looks like an out-and-out stayer who will be well-suited by the extra ground.”

Honeywine is a $12 chance and Retaliation is at $21.

Deposit $50, Bet with $250
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $200 in bonus bets. That's $250 to bet with!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
  • DEPOSIT $500
    start betting
  • first bet
    up to
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
  • first bet
    up to
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Prompt Response wins Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara

Consistent mare Prompt Response finally got her Group One win on Saturday and could now have a change in training...

Single Gaze in work with Chris Waller

Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller admits to being as surprised as anyone to learn Single Gaze would be joining his...

Harness horse ends up in a lake

A trots horse overnight in France has somehow ended up in a lake in the middle of the racecourse in...

Robert Smerdon appeals lifetime ban

Disqualified trainers Robert Smerdon and Stuart Webb have lodged appeals against their bans with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal....

Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.