Dresden Green on the board with Hawkesbury win

It has taken three races but Dresden Green finally scored his maiden win in the $50,000 Robert Oakley Wines 2YO Maiden Plate (1300m) at Hawkesbury on Wednesday and the Waterhouse and Bott trained Snitzel colt will now head towards the longer two-year-old races of the autumn, possibly including the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on April 20th.

Dresden Green was second at both his earlier starts with the last over 1100m on the Kensington track at Randwick on March 6th where the colt was first across the line, but second after a RNSW stewards’ inquiry into interference.

At the Australian Turf Club’s meeting on Wednesday the win also looked in some doubt for the $2.00 favourite at the top of the straight. Tim Clark had led from the barriers with Dresden Green and they looked comfortable on the Heavy 9 track racing out in the middle.

However, the colt seemed to struggle for some strides entering the main straight and Killin and Brenton Avdulla made progress on them. Then to the colt’s credit he dug in and pulled out another gear from the tool kit forging back to the lead and maintaining it to the line for a 1/2L win.

Killin (Snitzel) kept second with Jetski (Lonhro) and Blake Shinn on the inside of the other two third, the margin a short head.

The time was 1.18.88 with the final 600m in 35.98.

“He is not the fully furnished product yet, but he is going in the right direction. He was in for the fight today and that is one of his best qualities, he is a really tough individual,” said co-trainer Adrian Bott.

“He is really going in the right direction and he was obviously a lovely individual at the sales and he has the ability to match.”

Dresden Green is out of the Stravinsky mare Asscher and he has now earned stakes of $48,200 for the prominent group of owners including Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd, Ms K Waterhouse, Mr G Bolton, Glentree Racing, Glenlogan Park, Rifa Mustang, Mr D Rothwell, Mr W P Manning, Mr B J Francis and Mr T J Francis.

The colt was a $1.2m yearling purchase from the draft of Bhima Thoroughbreds at the 2018 Easter Yearling Sale.