Master of Wine, North Pacific & Masked Crusader head talented team
When it comes to moulding young horses into stars John Hawkes has few peers and along with sons Michael and Wayne he’s poised for a fantastic start to the new season.
Hawkes Racing has stables at Rosehill and Flemington and earlier in the week they gave a sneak preview of what lies ahead when they trialled a number of horses on the Rosehill track.
In typical understated Hawkes fashion most were there for a quiet hit out designed to lift fitness levels, but all shaped up well.
If you want to imagine how the spring will play out for Hawkes Racing, look at the mouth-watering list of horses they trialled on Tuesday morning: Master of Wine, Kingsheir, Wild Planet, Angel Of Truth, Zebrowski, Masked Crusader, North Pacific, Ole Kirk and Rock.
And don’t forget that potential superstars such as Supernova, Mount Popa, Doubtland and Greyworm were back in their boxes.
Over the last 12 years John Hawkes and his boys have developed the dual state stable operation into a slick enterprise.
John, Michael and Wayne were the first three-person training partnership in Australian racing. They were the first training partnership to saddle up a runner in Sydney racing, winning with their first ever runner – Real Saga in the 2008 Listed Breeders Plate.
They also prepared the first Group One winner by a training partnership in Sydney racing when Fiumicino won the 2009 The BMW on Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens.
Team Hawkes has enjoyed unbridled success, producing more than 700 winners, 15 at Group One level, a total of 95 stakes wins and stable earnings exceeding $50 million.
Ontrack has placed some nice young horses with the Hawkes Racing operation in the last few years and is impressed with the setup.
“We are a fan of multi-state operations because they make it simple to target races when trainers have a dual state operation,” said Grant Morgan.
“The first horse we placed with Hawkes Racing has had preparations in Sydney and Melbourne and won a Flemington jump out and is spelling.
“He’s got used to working right and left handed, has travelled between both centres and will be ready to slot into whatever stable they chose when he’s next in work.
“Ontrack is very keen on training partnerships because in today’s seven day a week business it’s very tough for a sole trainer and in our experience there’s no better way to operate a partnership than a family business,” said Grant Morgan.