Kentucky-breds continued their run of good fortune on day 3 of the Royal Ascot meet.In the group III Tercentenary Stakes (formerly the Hampton Court Stakes), Kentucky-bred Hawkbill led home a Godolphin 1-2 finish, defeating Prize Money by 1 1/4 lengths in the 10-furlong event.
Bred by the Helen K. Groves Revokable Trust, Hawkbill is a flashy chestnut son of turf champion Kitten’s Joy, whose sire El Prado was champion juvenile in Ireland in 1991.
Although bred in Ireland by Lyonstown Stud, El Prado is a prime example of the interconnection between the U.S. and Europe in terms of racing and bloodstock.
He is by Sadler’s Wells, who was bred by Claiborne Farm in Kentucky but earned his reputation on the tracks and in the breeding shed and foaling barns of Europe.
El Prado’s dam, Lady Capulet, also a Claiborne product, won the Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I). Her sire Sir Ivor won the Epsom Derby and Two Thou-sand Guineas but is as American as they come, being by Sir Gaylord out of Attica, whose third dam Alcibia-des won the 1930 Kentucky Oaks.
Groves homebred Trensa, the dam of Hawkbill, is a graded stakes-placed daughter of Giant’s Causeway, a horse whose American roots found firm footing on the racetracks of Ireland and England—enough to be Europe’s Horse of the Year in 2000. Her dam, Serape, is a grade-I winning Groves homebred from the classic-producing branch of the Mr. Prospector family tree.