In his first group stakes attempt, Godolphin’s Hawkbill drew away from the field in the final furlong of the Tercentenary Stakes (Eng-III) at Royal Ascot, winning by 1 1/4 lengths from his fast-finishing Godolphin teammate Prize Money.
A Kentucky-bred by Kitten’s Joy out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Trensa, Hawkbill was bred by the Helen K. Groves Revokable Trust. He has raced solely in England, and the Tercentenary Stakes marked his fifth consecutive victory, stretching back to his maiden win in July last year.
He came into the 1 1/4-mile Tercentenary off a victory in the Havana Gold Newmarket Stakes April 30.
“I’ve always thought a lot of this fella. He’s got a big future ahead of him,” jockey William Buick said.
Kentucky-bred Long Island Sound (War Front—Treasure Trail, by Pulpit) rounded out the top three in the field of nine.
Meanwhile, last year’s Irish and European high-weight for more than 13 1/2 furlongs, Order of St. George, lived up to his distance-loving reputation while going 2 1/2 miles in the Gold Cup in Honour of the Queen’s 90th Birthday (Eng-I).
Sent off the 4-5 favorite in the field of 17, Lloyd Williams, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith’s Order of St. George delivered an impressive late kick in the final furlongs to charge home dpwn the center of the course for a clear victory.
The 4-year-old Galileo colt, who won last year’s 1 3/4-mile Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger (Ire-I), was guided to victory by Ryan Moore for trainer Aidan O’Brien, who secured his seventh Gold Cup.
“You never know if they are going to get the trip if they have never been over that,” O’Brien said. “He won the Irish St Leger on soft ground by 11 or 12 lengths off a strong pace, and if he wasn’t going to stay, there were very few horses that would.
“The lads did a great job getting him back as he had a little setback at the end of last year and we were a little bit worried if we were going to get there. He just has a big Rolls Royce engine.”