Hawkesbury Crown: Sweet Deal goes out a winner for John Thompson

Sweet Deal made a powerful statement to continue racing this season with her return to winning form at Hawkesbury on Saturday.

Trainer John Thompson revealed Sweet Deal, impressive winner of the Group 3 $200,000 Hawkesbury Crown (1300m), will go under the hammer at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale on Friday.

“This could be her last run,’’ Thompson said.

“She is a lovely mare, if someone does purchase her as broodmare you won’t see a better type anywhere in the land, she is a magnificent horse.’’

But Thompson said if Sweet Deal is sold, it would be his recommendation to keep her in training for a Brisbane campaign.

“I would take her to Queensland,’’ Thompson said.

“There are races like the Dane Ripper Stakes and the Tatt’s Tiara where the speed is on, they are over her right distances and she would be well suited.’’

Sweet Deal, confidently backed into $2.80 favouritism, sprinted clear of early leader, the brave Jen Rules ($26) to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths with Air To Air ($8) just over a length away third.

The Hawkesbury Crown was Sweet Deal’s 11th career win from 42 starts and took her earnings to over $1.47 million prizemoney – a sizeable return on the $67,500 at the 2017 Premier Yearling Sale.

Sweet Deal returns to the winners' circle! @nashhot and @JTRacingRwik combine to take out the @hawkesburyrc Gold Crown! pic.twitter.com/26clg0gv1Z

After four unplaced runs this campaign, Sweet Deal, a rising seven-year-old mare, seemed to be struggling for form but Thompson went to Hawkesbury confident the mare would silence her doubters.

“I was confident today,’’ Thompson said.

“I even said to Nash (Rawiller) before the race she is back to her best.

“We had a couple of cracks at 1500m which isn’t really her go, she prefers it around 1300m-1400m.

“So, we freshened her up and came back to her right distance today and she returned to form.

“I haven’t had many runners at the Hawkesbury meeting over the years so it’s satisfying to get this big-race win with Sweet Deal.

“She’s been a good mare in a lot of ways and she holds a special place in my heart.

“I was very close to Tye (Angland) and she was my last winner for him. She was Tye’s last metropolitan winner in Australia and she was Nash’s first Saturday winner back from Hong Kong (in August 2019).”

Rawiller gave Sweet Deal the run of the race and eased her out to make her winning run soon after straightening for home.

Jen Rules had kicked clear and looked to have a winning break but Rawiller was confident Sweet Deal would reel her in.

“She has jumped a few milestones for me along the way since coming back,” Rawiller said.

“It’s pretty emotional today hearing it might be her last run. Geez, I hope they get good money for her because if they don’t get $2 million for her they should keep racing her.

“When she steps well and relaxes like that, has the right ground, she’s a Group 1 mare that just hasn’t quite be able to get there.

“I’m just rapt to see her finish her career off like that if that’s the case and very happy for John also.”

Originally published asSweet farewell: Thompson’s mare goes out a winner

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