Hammersmith shows real ability

Apr 19, 2013

Smart prospect Hammersmith atoned for a last-start disappointment with a dominant victory in the Sky Racing Maiden Handicap (1100m) at Ipswich.

Hammersmith joined Meagher Racing in late 2012 after the chestnut finished fifth at Kilcoy but the three-year-old showed his promise with a smart trial win in at Eagle Farm on March 12.

However, Hammersmith failed to reproduce his trial performance at his debut for the stable at Doomben on March 27 with the horse proving difficult to load in the barrier before over-racing throughout the early and middle stages of the race, which led to him trailing the field.

Meagher Racing’s work with Hammersmith in the ensuing three weeks paid off the with powerful galloper producing a vastly improved performance at his second run for the stable.

Hammersmith walked into the barriers well before mustering speed quickly once the gates opened to give jockey Paul Hammersley the chance to control the event from the front.

Hammersmith handled the tight Ipswich home turn well, despite his size, to skip clear of his opposition at the top of the straight before the gelding asserted his dominance over the final 200 metres to score by 3-1/2 lengths.

"It was only an average maiden but he did it very well and he really is still a big baby" Dan Meagher said. " He is still learning what the game is all about so there is quite a bit of upside to him".

Hammersmith became the sixth individual winner from 12 runners sired by The Hammer, who showed his ability and versatility by winning races in four states and fell a head short of making it five states during his time in Perth.

Congratulations to Hammersmith’s owner - Ken Turner.

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