Windsor Park bred Leebaz will get a third chance to win the Doomben Cup after completing a huge week for the Hawkes training team.
The $33 longshot made it back-to-back wins in the Gold Coast feature today and passed A$1 million in prize-money when he beat the favourite Hauraki by a length in the Gr. 2 Hollindale Stakes. Kiwi galloper Volkstok'n'barrell finished strongly wide on the track for third.
John Hawkes and his sons Michael and Wayne started their week with a win in the Claret Stakes at Hawkesbury with Swear. That was followed by Chautauqua's win in the Chairman's Sprint Prize in Hong Kong last Sunday.
And they were in the winners' stall again yesterday when Messene won the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup.
Wayne Hawkes said Leebaz had been a model of consistency apart from a last-start 13th in the A$4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick.
"But there were excuses. They really hammered him in the lead. He ended up second last and the other leader ran last," Hawkes said.
"At his previous start he won the Easter Cup at Caulfield and that was a better guide. He is a tough old gelding in form so he is here for the Doomben Cup in a fortnight."
Gold Coast-based jockey Michael Cahill continued his good recent form with a perfect ride on Leebaz, who was able to get a sit behind the pace.
The Zabeel gelding ran second last in the 2015 Doomben Cup as second favourite after finishing runner-up to Streama in 2014.