Hawkshot flies the coop

Australia’s three-year-old crop has lost another star with Hawkshot set to continue his career in Hong Kong. understands John Size will train Hawkshot after clients of leading bloodstock agent George Moore acquired the horse from Sun Bloodstock on Saturday.

Hawkshot was purchased for an undisclosed figure but the sale price is believed to be in the $2 million range — among the largest transactions from Australia to Hong Kong in recent times.

“Hawkshot is obviously world class and has now been recognised as that in Asia,” said Mark Lindsay, Sun Stud’s Senior Sales and Nominations Manager.

Hawkshot commenced his career with Darren Weir but his disqualification from training ensured the horse transferred to Lindsay Park.

The son of Fiorente made a winning debut for the Hayes and Dabernig combination, leading throughout on debut for the stable in the G2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 9.

Hawkshot would then finish runner-up behind Mystic Journey in the G1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 2 before crossing the line seventh in the inaugural $5m All Star Mile (1600m) a fortnight later.

David Hayes accepted Sun Stud’s decision to sell Hawkshot to Hong Kong but described himself as being ‘a bit shattered’.

Hayes believes Hawkshot would have been among Australia’s best weight-for-age horses next season had he remained in the country.