Hooked Takes Out 2014 Cameron Handicap

September 17th, 2014

Returning to racing in great form this season, classy stayer Hooked has led from start to finish to win the featured Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1500m) at Newcastle this afternoon; finding the line in the clear of Rugged Cross; Mighty Lucky  running on for third.

Hooked has led from start to finish to win the 2014 Cameron Handicap

Hooked has led from start to finish to win the 2014 Cameron Handicap. Photo: Steve Hart

Jumping from the gates well, the Casino Prince entire immediately took up position at the fore; setting a noticeably slow tempo alongside the likes of Rugged Cross, Billy Aucash and Danchai.

Finding the straight with a clear racing line, Hooked quickly spooled up and moved away from his closest rivals to finish two lengths in the clear.

Understandably pleased with his performance in the 2014 Cameron Handicap, trainer John Thompson confirmed Hooked’s run was his last under the guidance of Patinack Farm and will head to the sales over the coming weeks.

“He’s been well deserved; he’s been knocking on the door in good races and probably just hasn’t got the job done,” Thompson said following the Cameron Handicap.

“I was surprised he was in front today, but probably didn’t give him something to run past – might be his go in the future, I’m not sure.

“That’s our last runner, that’s Patinack all done and dusted.

“He’s a nice horse going forward, like I said he’s raced at the top all his career and he’s been around the money … he hopefully goes on to bigger and better things for whoever buys him.”

Jockey Blake Shinn delivered a sensational ride on Hooked in the 2014 Cameron Handicap, and was delighted to deliver Thompson a final race win for his time with Patinack Farm.

“I was very surprised, I thought I’d land sort of third or fourth but once I got to the front I was surprised but had to take it up and dictate it as best I could,” Shinn said immediately after dismounting.

“Thankfully the horse was very genuine, he let down strongly and it’s great to see him break through, it’s well deserved.

“He was very comfortable; when you have soft sectionals like that you can’t not be comfortable and I just tried to let him go as comfortable as I could without going too slow and he enjoyed it.”

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2014 Cameron Handicap Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 HOOKED John P Thompson Blake Shinn 3 55.5kg $3.60F
2 7 RUGGED CROSS (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 1.5L 5 54kg $13
3 6 MIGHTY LUCKY Fred Cowell Nathan Thomas 1.8L 7 54kg $15
4 8 BILLY AUCASH Brian Smith Tim Clark 2.2L 1 54kg $26
5 1 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 2.7L 9 59kg $13
6 3 MR CHARD Tony McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 3.3L 6 55.5kg $5
7 9 SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings James McDonald 3.4L 8 54kg $4.60
8 4 VILANOVA (NZ) Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 4L 4 55.5kg $7.50
9 5 DANCHAI (GB) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4.7L 2 55kg $20