When it comes to developing young horses there’s few better than Hawkes Racing.
John Hawkes and sons Michael and Wayne have run a factory line turning out stakes winning colts and they appear to have another in Brazen Beau’s good looking son North Pacific.
Pundits should have twigged how good he was when Hawkes Racing elected to debut the colt in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes in February.
He ran third behind subsequent Golden Slipper winner Farnan and then the Hawkes reverted to type by putting the colt in the paddock for a lengthy spell.
The preparation was very similar to the way the Hawkes family has handled another promising colt in Doubtland, winner of his two race day starts including the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes.
North Pacific was back at the races last Saturday and overcame a heavy 8 track to score a dominant win over 1100 metres at Rosehill.
Co-trainer Michael Hawkes had plenty of praise for the colt and was adamant that in spite of the classy win on a deep track North Pacific will be better on top of the ground.
Ontrack purchased and managed Brazen Beau through his sparkling career and Grant Morgan believes the horse’s progeny share Beau’s dislike of rain affected footing.
“The horses we have by Brazen Beau and the ones I’ve watched closely can get away with wet ground but they’re much more effective when the footing is firm.
“Also I don’t subscribe to the theory that they are two-year-olds,” said Grant Morgan.
“Beau made significant progress from his two to three-year-old season and his sons and daughters are doing the same.
“I’m confident that they will train on and North Pacific is a prime example of this.
“He had the one educational run back in February and appeared a much stronger colt when Hawkes Racing stepped him out last weekend.
“There’s no doubt he will be much stronger in the spring and he’s going to be very hard to beat in the Group Ones for three-year-olds next season,” said Grant Morgan.
North Pacific was purchased by Hong Kong’s Orbis Bloodstock at the 2019 Inglis Premier Sale for the sale topping $800,000. Orbis purchased Doubtland from the 2019 Inglis Classic Sale for $1.1 million.
The fourth foal of his dam, North Pacific is out of an O’Reilly mare who was unraced and had not produced a winner until North Pacific.
Interestingly the Brazen Beau cross with O’Reilly is the same breeding at last week’s impressive maiden winner Brazen Princess for Ontrack.
North Pacific continued a great run of form by Brazen Beau’s progeny and he was also represented by Dubai Station who ran third in a Group 3 for three-year-olds over 1200 metres at Deauville.
In Australia he’s had winners North Pacific, Brazen Princess, Hypersonic and Marine Belle in recent months to give him 69 individual winners from two crops.