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Hawkes Racing lands early Randwick double

Greyworm wins at Randwick.
Greyworm has made it five wins in 10 starts to give Hawkes Racing an early Randwick double.

Imported stayer Master Of Wine has landed his first Australian win with a runaway performance at Randwick and co-trainer Michael Hawkes says it will not be his last.

Master Of Wine ($2.10 fav) delivered on the promise he had shown in five previous local starts to score by four lengths over High Opinion ($8.50) in the Harrolds Handicap (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Hawkes was thrilled to see the horse put it all together and said some tweaking of the five-year-old’s gear helped.

“We put the full set of blinkers on today and it probably made the difference,” Hawkes said.

“The tempo helped as well, it was a key factor.

“He’s a progressive horse. He’s probably a good 12 months away yet from being something.”

Master Of Wine gave Hawkes Racing the first leg of a running double with Greyworm adding the icing to the cake 35 minutes later with a gritty victory in the Cerrone Handicap (1400m).

Greyworm took his record to five wins from 10 starts and Hawkes described him as a genuine competitor.

“He’s just a racehorse,” Hawkes said.

“The leader (You Make Me Smile) has rolled along and he’s had to cart the rest of the field up and he had to sustain that run a long way from home.

“He was just way too good.”

Greyworm ($5) had three-quarters of a length to spare over Thy Kingdom Come ($10) with Quackerjack ($5 equal fav) another half-length away.

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