Team Hawkes Acquire Ninth Legion and Could Head to 2013 Doncaster Mile

Team Hawkes are considering a tilt at the Group 1 2013 Doncaster Mile (1600m) with recent stable addition Ninth Legion but will wait until a trial at Tuesday before working out the autumn path for the three-year-old.

The Fastnet Rock colt has joined the father-sons team of John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes from Anthony Cummings and is one of 190 horses named in initial entries for the Doncaster.

Still untapped with two wins from seven career starts, the future stallion prospect has shown potential with some solid efforts during the early stages of his career.

Performances of note include a fifth-place finish in the Group 1 TJ Smith as a two-year-old in Queensland and a fourth-place finish in the Group 1 Golden Rose in September.

Michael Hawkes described Ninth Legion as a “lovely” horse and said his autumn plans will be finalised following Tuesday’s 900m hit-out at Rosehill.

But whichever route the emerging galloper takes, it is likely to be in the direction of some big Group 1 races, with Hawkes confident he has the potential to compete in the top tier.

While the spring schedule for Ninth Legion is not yet known, team Hawkes’ superstar colt All Too Hard is nearing his return to the racetrack in early February.

John Hawkes revealed yesterday the Caulfield Guineas winner is on track to run first-up in either the Listed 2013 Manfred Stakes (1200m) on February 2 or in the Group 1 2013 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) on February 9. Both races will take place at Caulfield.

He will then be aimed at the 2013 Australian Guineas before a trip to the 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival where he could contest races such as the 2013 Ranvet Stakes and the 2013 George Ryder Stakes.

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