Ole Kirk (inside) winning the Talindert Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)
Ole Kirk has the blood of Black Caviar and All Too Hard surging through his veins and it is his connection to the latter that made Saturday's Group 2 MSS Security Sires' Produce Stakes at Flemington almost irresistible.
Team Hawkes had also entered the surprise debut winner of the Talindert Stakes for the 1200-metre Todman Stakes in Sydney but decided to keep the Written Tycoon colt in Melbourne for a 1400-metre test, where he could emulate the early racetrack deeds of All Too Hard.
In 2012, All Too Hard made a winning debut in the Talindert Stakes before also taking the Sires' Produce on his way to a Pago Pago Stakes win in Sydney.
Ole Kirk's dam Naturale is a full sister to unbeaten superstar Black Caviar and a half-sister to four-time G1 star All Too Hard.
"It's a big jump from an 1100-metre Talindert to a 1400-metre Sires Produce," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes conceded.
"He has got a little bit to do to reach his (All Too Hard's) heights."
Hawkes said while wary of the 300-metre jump in distance for the horse, he believes the rise to the 1400m at Flemington can often prove a test of another sort.
"The Sires' in Melbourne is always a weird race because it's all speed, speed, speed heading into the Blue Diamond and then at 1400 metres at Flemington, they can quite often jump, trot, walk, canter and sprint for home so it's not always the best horse that wins," he added.
"It's the horse that settles in the run and hits the line - that's the horse that generally wins the race."
Hawkes explained that Ole Kirk, who is named after Lego inventor Ole Kirk Christiansen, could also go to Sydney after Saturday just as All Too Hard did when a winner of the Pago Pago Stakes before being runner-up in the G1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes to Pierro.
"He's done really good and he's trained on very well. He doesn't have to win but if he runs big, he can go up to Sydney for the Sires' there," he said.