Kyabram hobby harness trainer Owen Schischka reckons if Hawkwood’s ability can ever match his temperament he’s got a champion on his hands.By Gus Underwood
Kyabram hobby harness trainer Owen Schischka reckons if Hawkwood’s ability can ever match his temperament he’s got a champion on his hands.
Schischka declared the five-year-old gelding ‘‘the best natured horse I have ever handled’’ after a dashing win at Kilmore last week.
Hawkwood is also what Schishcka claims ‘‘a shocking track worker who knows how to step up on race days’’.
Hawkwood certainly stepped up on race day at Kilmore when he broke through for his first win at only his fifth trip to the races.
It wasn’t so much he won, but the manner in which he did it which was most impressive.
Unable to get into a forward position early from his barrier five draw, his driver Nigel Milne had to ease Hawkwood back to the rear of the field in the 1690
‘‘No I didn’t think he had any chance going down the back (straight), but he certainly got home well,’’ Schischka said.
‘‘He’s no super star, but is a beautifully relaxed horse with a lovely nature and I think he can keep on improving as he really has done nothing.’’
Schischka, who has made a comeback to training recently after a 12-year break, formerly trained and raced horses for former prominent Melbourne-based owner Warwick Wallis who ran a harness racing establishment on the outskirts of Kyabram.
‘‘When I retired I started looking for a couple of horses to work and Tom O’Shea offered me this bloke as he had sold his property and had nowhere to keep some of his team,’’ Schischka said.
‘‘Tom had tried him as a trotter as a young horse, but he’d been out in the paddock for a couple of years and his dam had left a winner with her only other foal.
‘‘I had seen him show some gate speed in a trial and I thought he was worth a try, so I decided to have a go at him even though he was a five-year-old.
‘‘He’s just had the five starts for me and has won and run two seconds.
‘‘One of those seconds was to Nowitzki at his previous start at Shepparton, so that wasn’t bad form for the race at Kilmore.’’
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