Doyen Romps in Hardwicke for Streaking Godolphin
Updated: Saturday, June 19, 2004 4:28 PM
Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2004 4:28 PM
Godolphin Racing's remarkable run at Royal Ascot continued Saturday when Doyen and jockey Frankie Dettori romped to victory in the Hardwicke Stakes (Eng-II).
Godolphin, trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Dettori combined for their sixth win at Royal Ascot, which opened Tuesday.
The 6-5 favorite finished six lengths in front of runner-up High Accolade. Persian Majesty was third, another half-length behind. Doyen's mission was made easier by the pre-race scratch of leading rival Gamut, reducing the Hardwicke field to six.
The time for the 1 1/2-mile Hardwicke on firm going was a course record 2:26.53.
Dettori brought the son of 4-year-old son of Sadler's Wells from the rear of the pack in the early going, taking control with about a quarter mile left and leaving the field behind with ease.
"What a performance - he just took my breath away," Dettori said. "Smashing the track record at Ascot isn't done every day.
"He is a special horse and I really fancied him in the Arc last year (when fourth), but unfortunately it turned really soft. We'll bring him back for the King George and see what happens. He reminds me of the good old days with Swain and Daylami."
Another Godolphin runner, Son Glark, was fourth, followed by Systematic and Musanid. Chancellor, like Gamut, was a non-starter.
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