Courtesy of Racing Victoria 22.09.12. Hvasstan provided former champion footballer Greg Williams with victory at Caulfield. Greg Williams was used to being in the news on Brownlow Medal weekend during his glittering AFL career and today he was back in the spotlight at Caulfield.
Two days before the AFL's highest individual honour – which Williams won in 1986 and 1994 – is awarded, the former Sydney and Carlton champion celebrated victory with Hvasstan.
The Peter Geligotis-trained son of Fastnet Rock strengthened his claims on the $1.5 million Victoria Derby with a strong win in the $80,000 Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1700m).
Williams has raced many horses with Moe-based Geligotis and excited about where this one might take him.
"We'd love to get there (to the Derby), it's another step, but you've got to dream," the man known as Diesel said. Hvasstan did his Derby chances little harm with victory in a race full of colts or geldings with similar aspirations.
The $4.20 chance enjoyed a nice run midfield under Glen Boss, who put his mount into the race rounding the home turn and although he hit the front early in the straight, he fought the race out strongly. Hvasstan scored by one length from Costa Nova ($21) with the Peter Moody-trained Baluch ($13) 1-1/4 lengths back third, just in advance of stablemate High Esteem ($8).
"He's got some really good upside this horse," Boss said. Committed, the $2.70 favourite, worked early to find a forward position from his outside barrier and was out of contention after finding trouble on the home turn. He finished ninth, 4-3/4 lengths from Hvasstan.