REMARQUE is in a race against time to be fit and qualify for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper after being treated for an elevated temperature over the weekend.
Hall of Famer trainer John Hawkes would not be drawn on race plans for the unbeaten colt with his immediate concern only for the horse’s welfare.
“He had a little ‘temp’, you don’t like getting these things but it happens, hopefully he will be fine,’’ Hawkes told The Daily Telegraph.
“It’s too early to say when he will race next but we are not worried about that at the moment.
“The horse is more important. We will get the horse right and then decide what we do.’’
Remarque, who was dominant at his only start when defeating subsequent Canonbury Stakes winner Zethus at Rosehill last month, is on the fourth line of Golden Slipper betting at $11 behind brilliant Melbourne colt Profiteer at $4.50.
But the Team Hawkes-trained Remarque, owned by John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud, will need to win one of the crucial lead-up races in coming weeks to secure a start in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens on March 20.
As expected, Remarque was not among nominations for the Group 2 $250,000 Silver Slipper (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday, but the Hawkes stable has entered unraced Dio and promising Hilal, an impressive winner at his debut on the Kensington track earlier this month.
Dio, a well-bred colt by Zoustar out of Solar Charged, was purchased for $1.1 million at the Inglis Easter Sales last year. The two-year-old is a full brother to former outstanding filly Sunlight, winner of the Silver Slipper three years ago.
Hawkes did win a Silver Slipper with first starter Shaft in 2007 but the champion trainer, wary of the weather forecast for showers most days this week, didn’t commit to starting either Dio or Hilal in the Silver Slipper.
“We have entered them but even if we accept, it doesn’t mean we will run them,’’ Hawkes said. “Everything is up in the air at the moment.’’
Hawkes said it is a similar situation with the stable’s outstanding three-year-old Ole Kirk who is entered for feature races in Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday – the Group 2 $400,000 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill and the Group 1 $500,000 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield.
Ole Kirk, winner of the Golden Rose-Caulfield Guineas Group 1 double last spring, is closely related to All Too Hard, who the Hawkes stable prepared to win the Futurity in 2013.
North Pacific, a stablemate of Ole Kirk, is likely to take his place in the Hobartville Stakes. In other big race news:
#Aegon, the unbeaten New Zealand three-year-old trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsmann, has opened as early TAB Fixed Odds favourite at $3.50 for the Hobartville Stakes ahead of the talented Peltzer at $4.50.
#The John Sargent-trained filly Four Moves Ahead is at the top of Silver Slipper betting at $4.50 just ahead of Melbourne youngster Forbes at $5.
GOLDEN SLIPPER BETTING
Rosehill, March 20
$8 Stay Inside
$17 Four Moves Ahead, She’s All Class
$21 and longer the rest
#Market supplied by TAB Fixed Odds
Originally published asRemarque in doubt for Golden Slipper
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