The Group 1 Hawkins Media Laurels is Australia’s richest race for age-restricted bitches, offering $50,000 to the winner. First run in 1964, the Laurels boasts some of Australia’s greatest race bitches on its Honour Roll, including Sandi’s Me Mum, Cheltenham Lass and Paua To Burn.
Hawkins Media Solutions has been in operation since 2005, and is owned and operated by husband and wife team Steve and Kate Hawkins. Hawkins Media Solutions is a no frills, small media business specialising in personalised service.
Steve is also the proud owner of glamour bitch Queen Lauryn, who has recently embarked on a staying career. Should things go as planned, Queen Lauryn will compete in the Hawkins Media Laurels support race, the Group 2 McKenna Memorial.
Sandown is again offering a $10,000 bonus to any bitch that completes Group 1 Laurels – Group 1 Macro Meats Crown Classic double in the same calendar year, last won by Paua To Burn in 2004.
The Laurels is open to bitches whelped on or after 1 March 2007. The heats will be run on Thursday 11 June, with the Semi Finals on Thursday 18 June before the Final on Thursday 25 June.