WHISPER Downs, winner of today’s Robert Hunter Handicap at Caulfield, is now producing the form that David Hayes envisaged early in his career.
Although stepping up to 2000 metres, Whisper Downs, confidently ridden by star apprentice Chad Schofield, drew clear to post a comfortable win.
Stable foreman Gary Fennessy said such was the promise that Whisper Downs, a son of Churchill Downs, displayed early in his career that he was talked about as a Caulfield Guineas horse.
“He has always been a horse with a lot of promise and now he has got older he’ starting to put it altogether,” Fennessy said.
“I think the go with a lot of these Churchill Downs is that they just need time. Early days he showed that much that we thought he was up to a Guineas horse.
“But, he just didn’t train on. As he has got older he has found his niche.”
Whisper Downs, who drifted from $2.90 to $3.10, scored by one length from Beer Garden, $31, with a half length to Now And Zen, which firmed from $5 to $4.40, third.
Fennessy said Whisper Downs would return on Monday to Hayes’ Euroa base, but was unsure if he would head to Tasmania or keep to similar races in Melbourne.
“While he’s winning, I’m sure David will keep him going,” Fennessy said.