Team Hawkes riding high after Traitor completes a stellar treble

Team Hawkes are becoming the most feared stable in the country following a stakes treble to open the Sydney carnival at Rosehill on Saturday.

Entirely Platinum and Messene confirmed their potential earlier in the day, winning the Sky High and Ajax Stakes respectively, but it was Traitor which finished the day on a high in the Phar Lap Stakes.

“We bought the horse and owning is a lot different than training,” a teary-eyed Michael Hawkes said about Traitor.

“It’s a family horse and I told the family if he wins today he’s a superstar because he’s just totally out of his grade.

“I don’t know where he could go, he’s just so untapped. Whatever happens now is a bonus because he’s a group 2 winner now.”

While Team Hawkes celebrated with Traitor it was a different story for Darley with their off four-time group 1 winner Guelph which finished third.

Trainer Peter Snowden said the star filly’s future would be decided on Sunday morning.

“The old one would have won,” Snowden said.

“I can’t find what’s wrong with her. Kerrin [McEvoy] said she was travelling well until he asked her for an effort at the 600m but it wasn’t there.”

Earlier, Hawkes said it was scary that Entirely Platinum’s best could be as far as six months away.

At his first attempt at stakes level, he was good enough to cruise to a 1 ¼ lengths win from Midsummer Sun.

“When he came around the corner and hadn’t moved on him I knew it was all over,” Hawkes said.

“The journey was never a factor today, it was more about getting the grade as far as the group race was concerned.

“He’s probably six to 12 months away and it’s quite scary really where he could go. He takes a stride 10-foot longer compared to them and he’s an athlete.”

It was a winning return for Singapore-based jockey Corey Brown who also warned rivals to watch out for him in the spring.

“When I straightened I could hear all the whips slapping but I didn’t want to go too soon. Once I pressed the button nothing was going to beat me,” Brown said.

“Once the penny drops he could be the real deal. Next time in he’s going to measure up and be a really good horse.”

The story Team Hawkes riding high after Traitor completes a stellar treble first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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