breaking trainer John Hawkes has the chance to again bridge the gap established by Lee
Freedman in the Melbourne training premiership with eight more metropolitan runners on the
Hawkes, who recently broke his own
Commonwealth record for the number of winners in a season, will have ten runners in seven
races over the Flemington and Sandown race weekend.
Freedman, who currently leads by two wins, has two runners
in different races at Flemington and he is without a runner at Sandown on Sunday.
Domine and Nostalic team up for a double charge in the
second race at Flemington, it is one of two races (along with the sixth) at Flemington in
which Hawkes will have dual runners.
The current ladder leader, the Caulfield based Freedman, is
pinning his chances on Group performer Bush Padre and last Saturday's beaten favourite
Filming at Flemington.
Hawkes' son and Melbourne foreman Wayne will saddle up
three runners on Sunday in two races, while the FBI team will be watching on runnerless
from their Caulfield base.