Hawkes quiet on Divine Prophet
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”.