Overmann ready to fly after trial and error campaign

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Overmann ready to fly after trial and error campaign

By Ray Hickson

Barrier trials aren’t always a reliable guide to race-day performance but from his first public appearance Overmann showed more than enough promise to suggest he would be winning plenty of races.

The two-year-old, trained by the Hawkes Racing partnership, steps up to the plate for the third time in his short career in the Darley 2021 Roster Handicap (1200m) at Canterbury on Wednesday for what is clearly his best chance to get on the board. In his first trial in November, he downed Acrobat but on race day that horse held a five-length margin on Overmann in the Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick.


Quite a bit changed after that debut, where he raced three wide close to the pace, with the Hawkes team electing to spell and geld the son of Hinchinbrook.

After a closing second in a Rosehill trial at the end of March, the youngster produced an eye-catching fourth behind Cork Harbour in a 1200m maiden at Canterbury on April 21. He drew wide and the leader won but Overmann produced the best finishing burst. He clocked a last 600m of 35.55s, more than a length superior to his opposition, and his last 200m was 0.11s faster than the next best in the race.

Taking the ride on Wednesday is Tim Clark, who is noted for his prowess on horses close to the pace. From gate five, Overmann has the chance to show what he can do without giving away such a head start.

Meanwhile, the Hawkes-trained Pascal will debut in the Davali Thoroughbreds Handicap (1250m). The three-year-old was ridden by Jay Ford in a closing third at a Rosehill heat just over a week ago.

Ford is on board once again and Pascal will start from the outside in the eight-horse field but from the 1250m start there’s a very long back straight to work out how to offset the draw.

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