Team Hawkes two-year-old Overmann earns shot at Group 1 JJ Atkins after breaking through at Rosehill for first win

Overmann booked his ticket to a Group 1 race with a win at Rosehill that had the Team Hawkes polish written all over it.

The Hinchinbrook gelding was earmarked early as a horse the team thought would race at the highest level but he needed some help to get there.

“He’s got a lot of upside and he’s going to be a nice horse,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said.

“He’s getting better. It’s only his fourth start and he’s still learning. He’s a baby and as his journey goes on in time and distance I think he’ll be better for it.”

Overmann’s three-quarters-of-a-length win from Volcanic Rock confirmed his place in the Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 12 where he’s rated a $26 hope behind Port Louis and Prince Of Boom ($7)

“He’s booked his ticket so he’ll head up to Brisbane,” Hawkes said straight after the win.

“He should’ve won last start. He raced well and it probably wasn’t his fault. If he won last time he might have already been in Queensland.”

“We’re still trying to teach him and he’ll appreciate a mile where he’ll just lob along all day and if he can run a race like he did today he’s going to be right in it.

“He doesn’t mind the cut out of the ground which is good and he relaxes well.

“He’s come at the right time. Wayne (Hawkes) has always said he could gallop. He had him in the early days in Melbourne. He’s just needed time and things have fallen right.”

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Tommy Berry had Overmann in fourth for much of the run and at the 350m he still had a good hold of the two-year-old and he looked the winner.

He didn’t kick clear of Volcanic Rock as early as expected but did put a margin on that horse late.

“Today, I had that perfect run and kept him on the bridle for as long as I could and he just didn’t know how to put them away which was why it was a bit of a tussle but in the last 50m he got going again,” Berry said.

“Off that win he’ll learn a lot and the mile is perfect for him now.

“But he’s got to go on and do that now and he hasn’t proven it yet, but with that win, hopefully he will take a bit of confidence out of that and show us what he has always promised.”

Tommy Berry says Overmann will learn a lot from his win. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

What pleased Hawkes most was his horse’s ability to go to Plan B when asked.

“They went slow today. They jumped and were going to run along but they pulled up and he adapted to it. To do that as a two-year-old is a good thing,” he said.

“It was a good win. He jumped well and was up on the speed and Tommy put him in the right spot.

“He adapted well and hit the line. He wanted to lay in just a touch in that last bit but once he got clear of the second horse he went through the line great.”

Berry said punters were just starting to see the potential in Overmann that his trainers identified months ago.

Overmann and runner-up Volcanic Rock, are both members of the final crop of foals sired by Hinchinbrook.

So, too, was the unplaced Greater Harlem, a $1.15m yearling.

Originally published asTeam Hawkes ‘baby’ earns shot at Group 1

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