Hawtin optimistic with 3yo

Simply Optimistic is likely to eventually head to Hong Kong.

Cambridge trainer Brendon Hawtin is looking on the bright side with Simply Optimistic.

Hawtin doesn’t know how long he will have the promising three-year-old in his Cambridge stable, but will make the most of his association with the good-looking son of Encosta de Lago.

“I don’t know when the owner will decide to take him to Hong Kong, but I’ll treat him like he’s here for a long time,” said Hawtin.

Raced by Herbert Cheung, the $230,000 Ready to Run Sale graduate broke his maiden last start when he resumed from a break at Pukekohe.

“It was good to get the monkey off the back and I’ve got no doubt he will go on with it,” said Hawtin.

“We thought about the Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes, but he’s not a 1200-metre horse. He’s out of a Zabeel mare and I think his pet distance is going to be 1600.

“The owner asked me to buy the best horse at the Ready to Run and he didn’t blink at the price. I’m sure he’s going to be rewarded, whether it be here or in Hong Kong.”

Simply Optimistic returned a cheque in all of his outings during the spring with creditable showings in strong company against the likes of Xbox, Felton Road and The Great Southern.

“If you had asked me if he would have been a five-start maiden I would have said no, but the owner was out from Hong Kong for his first couple of starts and there weren’t any other suitable races,” said Hawtin.

“It wasn’t ideal kicking off in some decent three-year-old races, but he didn’t embarrass himself.

“From day one he showed so much and he’s come back really well. We’ve taken the blinkers off now and we’ve probably learned more about him in the last three weeks than the last six months.”

– NZ Racing Desk.