Still hoping: Team Hawkes know a lot has to go right for Kaepernick to get a group 1 start in Brisbane, but they haven't thrown in the towel.Still hoping: Team Hawkes know a lot has to go right for Kaepernick to get a group 1 start in Brisbane, but they haven’t thrown in the towel. Photo: Getty Images

Brisbane is 1000 kilometres from Rosehill and given their place on the order of entry for next week’s group 1s up north, Kaepernick and First Precinct might even be further away in terms of getting a start.

However Team Hawkes still hold hope the pair could be Stradbroke Handicap and JJ Atkins contenders – but only if they can win in Sydney on Saturday.