Hawkes quiet on Di­vine Prophet

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - RAY THOMAS

HALL of Fame trainer John Hawkes would not be drawn on a Cox Plate start for Di­vine Prophet de­spite the three­year-old colt’s out­stand­ing win at Caulfield yes­ter­day.

Di­vine Prophet con­tin­ued the dom­i­na­tion of Syd­ney­trained gal­lop­ers when he burst through the pack to take out a thrilling Group 1 $1 mil­lion Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

Hawkes, who co-trains Di­vine Prophet in part­ner­ship with sons Wayne and Michael, said the horse was still in the Cox Plate in two weeks but no de­ci­sion had been made on whether the colt would take on Winx and Hart­nell in the na­tion’s weight-for-age cham­pi­onship.

“We will think about the Cox Plate but you don’t worry about those things now,’’ Hawkes said.

“No doubt he could run the 2040m — but he doesn’t have to do that now.

“Most prob­a­bly he will go for a spell and come back in the au­tumn.’’

Di­vine Prophet gave Hawkes his third Caulfield Guineas after wins with Lonhro (2001) and All Too Hard (2012).

Lonhro was spelled after his Guineas win but All Too Hard did go to the Cox Plate and ran sec­ond to Ocean Park.

Hawkes has won a Cox Plate with a three-year-old — cham­pion Oc­tag­o­nal in 1995.

Di­vine Prophet was the third Group 1 win in a row for Syd­ney gal­lop­ers after Winx’s Caulfield Stakes and Global Glam­our’s Thou­sand Guineas tri­umph.

Well rid­den by Dwayne Dunne, Di­vine Prophet ($7) came from well back on the turn to win the clas­sic by a head from Se­aburge ($31) with a half length to Hey Doc ($11).

Im­pend­ing was sent out the $3.50 favourite and had lit­tle luck from his wide bar­rier.

Hawkes, who has now pre­pared 109 Group 1 win­ners, lauded Dunn’s ride, de­scrib­ing his ef­fort to weave through the field as “ter­rific”.

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