John Hawkes

Horse Racing

John Hawkes rapt for sons after watching Mossfun's Slipper triumph on TV

Chris Roots John Hawkes was laid up with a bad back as Mossfun won Saturday’s Golden Slipper, but it didn’t keep him from searching for next year’s winner at Newmarket on Sunday.

Trainer John Hawkes unhappy with policy on track preparation

Max Presnell MECIR ''likes it hard'', according to John Hawkes, one of the all-time greats who hopes to get conditions to suit in the Gardenia Handicap at Royal Randwick on Saturday considering the recent blazing...

Horseracing

From saleyard to stables, John Hawkes is the complete package

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John Holloway John Hawkes' uncanny ability to select a yearling is matched only by his exceptional training capabilities.

Tapit shows his grey power at Saratoga yearling sale – but then enters War Front

John Holloway There was no sign of a grey evening at the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sales on Monday night as one of America's favourite grey stallions, Tapit, supplied the top two highest lots,...

Racing

James McDonald in box seat to snare Sydney riders' crown

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Chris Roots James McDonald looks set to secure his first Sydney jockeys' premiership in the next three weeks and remarkably it will be done without main support of the three dominant stables.

Horseracing

Spirit of Big Jack Ingham present as Darley morphs into Godolphin

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Max Presnell Winning and love of racing are the major points in common with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the late Big Jack Ingham, the chook farmer from Casula.

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Makybe Diva's little sister La Amistad on track for Melbourne Cup after Randwick stroll

In style: James McDonald and La Amistad win the McKell Cup at Randwick on Saturday.

Chris Roots La Amistad was bought to win a Melbourne Cup and she might get its chance to do that this year.

Horse Racing

Stradbroke dream a reality

Mark Oberhardt Natalie McCall's decision to miss the Sydney autumn with River Lad has reaped a million-dollar pay day and given the trainer her first group 1 win in the Stradbroke Handicap on Saturday.

Golden Slipper hope Mossfun chases more fun for Emirates Park

Mossfun: Hasn’t disappointed her owners.

Chris Roots Mossfun could cap the re-emergence of Emirates Park as a breeding power, under guide of Trevor Lobb, in Saturday’s Golden Slipper at Rosehill.

Racing

Mossfun surges to Golden Slipper glory for Team Hawkes

James McDonald celebrates after guiding Mossfun to victory in the Golden Slipper.

Matt Jones They stood side by side in the gates, shadowed each other in betting all week and fought out the finish – but Team Hawkes’ filly Mossfun reigned over Earthquake in a vintage Golden...

Horseracing

James McDonald's bold ride on Mossfun a Golden Slipper classic

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Max Presnell Bold rides, with jockeys often throwing caution to the wind, feature in the Golden Slipper but James McDonald on Mossfun at Rosehill yesterday rated with the best.

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Lootah claims the cash as Mossfun does the job

Team effort: An elated James McDonald soaks up Mossfun's victory in the Golden Slipper.

Chris Roots Dubai businessman His Excellency Nasser Lootah has had some big days at the races but it doesn’t get any better than winning a Golden Slipper.

Horse Racing

Mossfun's Slipper sizzler

James McDonald celebrates after riding Mossfun to win the Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Chris Roots Team Hawkes' filly Mossfun reigned over Earthquake in a vintage Golden Slipper.

Racing

Tears flow as Hawkes family snare first group 1 victory with Mossfun

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Andrew Webster Wayne Hawkes stands at the back of the Rosehill mounting yard, having just watched his horse Mossfun win the $3.5 million Golden Slipper, and he can’t stop the tears.

Horseracing

Chautauqua finds the right path to glory in Hawkesbury Guineas

Rails run: James McDonald rides Chautauqua to victory in the Hawkesbury Guineas.

Matt Jones The sublime form of the Team Hawkes-James McDonald combination during this year’s autumn carnival was highlighted by Chautauqua’s win in the Hawkesbury Guineas on Saturday.

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James McDonald makes amends on Leebaz to win Hawkesbury Gold Cup

King James: James McDonald scores on Leebaz in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup on Saturday.

Adam Pengilly He scooped Sydney's two richest races in the autumn and James McDonald had not lost his sense of humour by the time the bandwagon rolled into Hawkesbury.

Racing

Trainers more than just names in the race book

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Max Presnell “Just a name in the race book” is how a well-known owner described the trainer’s role in current major operations.

Racing

John O'Shea enjoys quality start for racing giant Darley

On to another winner: John O'Shea.

Chris Roots The wins of Cameo and Seaside at Scone at the weekend offered another couple of firsts for Darley trainer John O’Shea.

Winners & Losers

Boban needs a touch from Chris Waller's magic wand

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Max Presnell Once upon a time the Boban form lapse would have been deemed running weight off a top-liner for the Doncaster by placing him in unsuitable races.

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Paul and Peter Snowden are chasing a dream farewell from the Darley racing operation

Trainer Paul Snowden with 2010 Blue Diamond-Golden Slipper Winner Sepoy

Michael Lynch The father-and-son team will soon finish at Darley and start on their own, writes Michael Lynch.