John Hawkes is a previous Adelaide jockey who continued his interest for equines as a full-time trainer given that 1971. Prior to 1971, Hawkes belonged time fitness instructor in a period where double licensing was permitted on the Australian racing circuit. His profession as a full-time trainer got a jumpstart in the 1972 VRC Oaks scoring his first Group 1 win with Toltrice. Other significant accomplishments throughout the years were the 1972 SAJC South Australian Oaks won by Little Papoose, and a second Oaks in 1978 with Runaway Bridge. English Wonder brought Hawkes the SAJC South Australian Derby in 1982. During the 1980s, Hawkes completed second in the SA fitness instructors’ premiership on most occasions, after which he transferred to Melbourne in 1989.
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His relocate to Melbourne from Sydney launched the start of a long collaboration with the ‘chicken kings’ Bob and Jack Ingham, a lucky venture that brought Hawkes 9 premierships. These consisted of four BMW’s the two AJC Australian Derbys, 2 Australian Cups, and the Cox Plate, and Caulfield Cup. Throughout his partnership with the Inghams, Hawkes handled the stables in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. His association with the Inghams lasted until completion of 2007, ending up being the most successful owner-trainer mix, after which Hawkes chose to go it alone.
John Hawkes’ statistics as a thoroughbred racehorse trainer is what makes him among the most renowned fitness instructors today, appreciated and honored by many in the Australian racing fraternity. 96 Group 1 wins is no mean job with over 540 stakes wins and a record variety of 334 success in a single period (2001-2002). Among his significant triumphs are 2 Golden Slippers too. By making $11.2 million during the 1998-99, Hawkes re-wrote the record books. In the 1999-2000 season he set another Australian record, bringing house 315 & frac12; winners.
Among Hawkes’ most successful champion horses under his command were Octagonal and Lonhro. At the Ingham stable, Octagonal won the 1995 Cox Plate and was the 2-year-old Australian Champ too. Success followed in the 1996 AJC Australian Derby and the BMW, and the 1997 Australian Cup and BMC. The never ever state pass away mindset of Octagonal led to 13 wins from just 27 beginnings. Lonhro, a children of Octagonal, went on to win 24 races from 32 starts and was an Australian Steed of the Year. One of the cups to elude John Hawkes for a very long time was the Caulfield Cup, which took 36 years. In the 2005 edition Railings brought Hawkes his very first Caulfield Cup, beating Eye Popper by half a head.
Hawkes began his new training operation together with his kids Wayne and Michael in November 2007, after parting methods with the Inghams. Mentality was his very first fortunate Group 1 winner in the George Main Stakes at Randwick in 2008. Hawkes’ training records brought him the recognition he deserved with an induction into the Australian Hall of Popularity in 2004. Who understands, Hawkes and his family collaboration may be on the method to rewording the record books once again