For Andrew Hawkins, racing is more than a passion – it is an obsession and a lifestyle.
At 29 years of age, Andrew Hawkins has already worked in many facets of the racing and sports industry, including journalism, broadcasting, syndication, form analysis, bookmaking and administration.
Andrew is currently based in Sydney, Australia, primarily focused on international racing. In fact, each of the pictures above represents a race that he has witnessed trackside during his time in the media.
He returned to his home country after five years in Hong Kong, working as both a racing content specialist with the Hong Kong Jockey Club and a reporter and sub-editor with the South China Morning Post, Asia’s largest English-language newspaper.
In his most recent role, Andrew was seen on Sky Racing as an international racing expert.
His work has won a number of awards, including a Longines award for his 2015 Hong Kong International Races coverage, while he was recognised in both the Fitzdares 35 Under 35 (global) and the Melbourne Racing Club’s 40 Under 40 (Australia-wide) list of influential young people in the racing industry.
Andrew has worked as a freelance journalist in Sydney under his own banner, Andrew Hawkins Racing, with clients all over the world. He was based in Sydney for Just Horse Racing, working at all of Australia’s biggest race meetings, including the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup, the Championships, the Golden Slipper, the Newmarket Handicap and the Stradbroke Handicap.
In 2012, he embarked on a global racing tour while still a university student, working at iconic races like the Dubai World Cup, the Singapore Airlines International Cup, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Grand National, the Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot. He has been racing at some of the world’s leading locations, from Santa Anita in Los Angeles to Greyville in Durban.
He has worked as an analyst with corporate bookmaker Centrebet, appearing on their weekly form show Racing Room with Neil Evans. He also stood in for Neil on occasions as the face of Centrebet, particularly on the weekly TVN show Best Bets AM. He then worked for Luxbet in both a communications and a bookmaking role.
He has managed two syndicates, bringing new people into horse racing. The first involved a filly with Sydney trainer Marc Conners, who was retired after three starts. The second involved leasing a filly, Virgin Islands, with Murray Baker in New Zealand. She was retired after winning her third start at Rotorua by seven lengths.
He has also worked as an assistant judge and raceday official at Australian Turf Club meetings in Sydney, after starting his working life as a parking attendant at Rosehill.
One of the first to embrace online communities, Andrew is recognised for his presence on Twitter as well as on forums such as Thoroughbred Village and Racehorse Talk.
He graduated with a journalism degree from Charles Sturt University’s Bathurst campus in December 2012. He completed half of his final year overseas at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
He describes himself as enthusiastic and passionate, and his ultimate dream is to one day own a Melbourne Cup winner.
Outside of racing, Andrew describes himself as a big Beatles fan, a karaoke “legend” and a travel fanatic.