Inference Thrills on Boggy Randwick Guineas Track

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes has inferred that his horse Inference is in the “superstar” category based on the 3YO colt’s stunning performance in Saturday’s 1600 m Group 1 Royal Randwick Guineas.

We do not intend to imply that Inference is now invincible, but coming from last to first on the boggy Randwick turf says something, as even Hawkes points out that Inference is better suited to longer races.

After the race, Hawkes said that Inference, “wasn’t really ready,” for the three-year-old classic and that he had reported to the owners, “I said to the owners if he wins today he is winning on sheer ability.”

That sounds a bit like the star pupil in school getting a perfect score on the exam and then claiming not to have studied, however, at look at Inference’s past performance suggests that he knows his way around more than a little despite not having won at the Group level previously.

Inference this autumn has only tried the Group 2 Hobartville a few weeks back, where he could manage only fifth in the Rosehill race that was won by Man From Uncle. He had done well last spring in the Victoria Derby at Flemington, coming in third to Prized Icon and Sacred Elixir in a field of 16.

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