Hawk Wing Heads Vodafone Coronation Cup List

A total of 24 horses remain in the 2003 renewal of the £300,000 Vodafone Coronation Cup after today's forfeit stage, with the Aidan O'Brien-trained Hawk Wing heading the list. Hawk Wing began the season with an 11-length win in the May 17 Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) over a mile at Newbury.

O'Brien also has Black Sam Bellamy, the brother of 2001 Vodafone Derby hero Galileo, and a group I winner in Italy last season, engaged, along with Ice Dancer.

Godolphin is represented with five horses. The Godolphin quintet is headed by Mamool, winner of both his starts this season, most recently taking the group II Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup at York on May 15. The others are Highdown - winner of the group II Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville last season, Highest- the 2002 St Leger second, Narrative - victorious in the Group Two Premio Carlo d'Alessio at Capannelle, Italy, last season, and Fight Your Corner - the 2002 Vodafone Derby fifth.

The Vodafone Coronation Cup was won last season by Boreal, trained in Germany by Peter Schiergen. This year there could be more German representation with Next Desert, who was victorious in the group I BMW Deutsches Derby at Hamburg on July 7.

The international flavor is further enhanced by the presence of Polish Summer. The 6-year-old made an encouraging seasonal reappearance when fourth in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba and is trained in France by Andre Fabre, who has sent out the winner of the Vodafone Coronation Cup on five occasions.

Heading the British-trained entries is Michael Stoute's star filly Islington. She was a dual group I winner last season, landing the Vodafone Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks at York. She was last seen out when third in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).

Marcus Tregoning has two remaining entries including Nayef, triumphant in the 2002 Juddmonte International (Eng-I) at York and third to Moon Ballad in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). Tregoning's other entry is Ekraar, fourth in the 2001 Vodafone Coronation Cup.

Other trainers with multiple entries include Mark Johnston who has Bandari, Yavana's Pace and Zindabad, while David Elsworth could be represented by Pawn Broker and Indian Creek, winner of the group III Bet attheraces 0800 083 83 83 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown Park last time out.

Newmarket-based Mark Prescott has both Foreign Affairs and the Albanova.
Completing the 24 are last year's St Leger hero Bollin Eric, Imperial Dancer, Ulundi and the much-improved Warrsan, successful in the Dubai Irish Village Stakes (Eng-III) at Newbury and the Sagitta Jockey Club Stakes (Eng-II) at Newmarket already this season.

The Vodafone Coronation Cup's next confirmation stage is May 31 when there is also a £20,000 supplementary entry stage.

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