The very good-looking Pascal delivered on his abundant raw potential with a strong first up win at Newcastle.
A son of So You Think, Pascal is the first horse prepared for OnTrack by the family training partnership of John, Michael & Wayne Hawkes.
Pascal spent his formative months being educated and growing out in New Zealand with Matamata horseman Jacob McKay. He was then landed in Queensland to continue his education with master horseman Greg Bennett at Fenwick Farm.
He was sent South to Team Hawkes as a colt before being gelded and winning a jump out at Flemington.
Pascal was spelled following a promising third at his only previous appearance at Canterbury over 1250m in April this year.
Pascal trialled impressively at Rosehill in late September before his Newcastle victory.
“It’s been a gradual process of getting to this stage but there is no point rushing horses that aren’t equipped to fully deliver both mentally and physically,” said OnTrack’s Grant Morgan..
“He has always shown ability and a good action so we have encouraged our owners to be patient and to allow Team Hawkes to give him the time he has needed.
“Hopefully this will now start to pay our owners dividends as he continues to mature.
“You could see at Newcastle that he is still very raw and a work in progress, but its very encouraging to produce two very strong efforts at his only racetrack appearances,” said Morgan.
Pascal was secured by OnTrack’s Grant Morgan at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Sale at Karaka for $200,000 from Beaufort Downs draft.
He is a son of the Redoute’s Choice mare Saint Angers who is a three quarter sister to Gonski and Recast and the family of Schubert.
Congratulations to winning owners Ryan Lawlor, Dr David & Sue Worthley, Judi & Bruce Gowing, Mark Ostermeyer, Paddi & Wayne Muller, Dan McHugh, Mike Larmer, Dr Dilip Dhupelia, the estate of the late Lilian Brady, Haymar Racing Syndicate (Mark Horn & Haydn Stjernqvist), Mark Snowden, Tim Henderson, Ken Stocks, Jenny Lawlor, John Barnao and the OnTrack Pascal Syndicate: Dan Sullivan, Robert Hill, Lisa Saxton, Stephen Hurford, Brian Cadusch, Neil Evison, Dan Slater, Brian Irwin, Garry Batchelder, Ian Mathieson, Greg Bennett, Chloe Bennett, Antony White, Alex White, Max Wylie & Alan Jackson.
Photos courtesy of Newcastle Jockey Club