Beautiful win by Tegwin a perfect result

Tegwin may have been named in jest because of her conformation faults, but last Sunday at the Cambridge Jockey Club’s meeting she lived up to her name in the eyes of her owner-breeders.

Tegwin was bred and is raced by the Llanhennock Trust, which comprises the Hawkins family members, Des and Janet and their sons Dean, Leigh and Sean.

The Hawkins family originate from Wales and Tegwin is the Welsh translation for beautiful, though the name was given to her in jest. “She’s not very straight in front but she’s beautiful to us now that she’s won,” said Hawkins

Tegwin’s win topped off a most appropriate result to the final race at Te Rapa last Sunday. The Miss Raggedy Ann Maiden was named in honour of the 2011 Gr. 1 Railway Handicap winner owned and bred by the Llanhennock Trust.

“And to make it even better we not only bred and race the winner, but the second and third horses (Sheez All Heart) and Moretti) were also bred here at Wentwood Grange and carry our brand,” said Des Hawkins.

Sheez All Heart, trained by Chris Wood, is a year older half-sister to Moretti, prepared by Roger James, with both being from the Cherokee Run mare Treble Tone. Tegwin, is trained at Matamata by Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott and it was the latter who also prepared Miss Raggedy Ann to give the Hawkins family its first Group One triumph.

Miss Raggedy Ann caused a shock to punters when taking the Railway Handicap at odds of better than 86/1, but Tegwin had punters right on her side last Sunday after being placed in her two lead-ups and started the warm favourite. However, there was still some ribbing going on before the race between the Hawkins boys and Scott.

“I know the boys gave Scotty a bit of a hard time (jokingly) about having to win the race when Tegwin was in Miss Raggedy Ann’s race,” said Hawkins. “They put the pressure on him and it was a dream result.”

Tegwin is a four-year-old daughter Anne Carine, who has the honour of being the first stakeswinner raced by the Hawkins family. She won six races with the stakes win coming in the Listed Gallagher Stakes (2212m) at Eagle Farm in June 2005.

“She was a super mare but she had to be in front,” recalled Hawkins. “Noel Harris won on her that day in Brisbane and he had her clear in the lead and she held on well.”

Anne Carina was also stakes-placed, being runner-up to the ill-fated Taatletail in the Gr. 2 Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic at Te Rapa and third in the Listed Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes at Awapuni.

The lightly tried Tegwin is the second foal from Anne Carina and Wentwood Grange will be offering a half-brother by Bernadini at January’s NZ Bloodstock National Yearling Sales at Karaka. “She’s also got a colt foal by Rip Van Winkle and is in foal to Alamosa,” said Hawkins.