Von Hauke vindicates trainer

A new look Von Hauke confirmed on his home track at Mornington what trainer Cliff Brown has long believed.

The three-year-old son of Savabeel had been gelded since his last preparation and showed his true worth this afternoon with a runaway resuming victory over 1200 metres.

“I think he is a very talented horse, but you’ve got to see them go out and do it,” Brown said.

Von Hauke, who had finished runner-up in two of his previous three outings, settled sixth off the fence before circling runners across the top.

The Waikato Stud graduate swept to the front 200 metres from home and waltzed clear to win with a minimum of effort by a length and a-quarter.

“He will take a lot of improvement from that and I thought he was excellent,” Brown said.

“I’ll find another three-year-old race somewhere, probably over 1200 metres again, for him next.”

Rider Ben Allen was also confident of victory after partnering Von Hauke in a trial win at Moe last

“He stepped well today and I was able to pop out into the three wide line with cover and he’s won very easily,” he said.

Purchased for A$190,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Von Hauke is out of the O’Reilly mare Tiara, also the dam of the multiple winners Savvy Sovereign and Savvy Crown, who is a granddaughter of the G1 Auckland Cup winner Royal Tiara.

Tiara’s Super Seth colt was sold at this year’s New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale to Brown for $50,000. Her Tivaci filly is catalogued for this year’s New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling Sale as Lot 171 and she is in foal to the Group 1-winning son of High Chaparral again.

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