Hawk Wing Gives O'Brien Another Group I Win

Mrs. John Magnier's Hawk Wing rallied from last under jockey Michael Kinane to win Sunday's Aga Khan's Stud National Stakes (Ire-I), giving trainer Aidan O'Brien his 16th group I win of the year. On good to firm turf at the Curragh, Hawk Wing completed the seven furlongs in course-record time of 1:20.9.

Hawk Wing improves to three wins in four starts following Sunday's victory, with his lone defeat coming in the form of a second-place finish in the Anheuser Busch Railway Stakes (Ire-III) in July. Since then, the son of Woodman has won the King of Kings E.B.F. Futurity Stakes (Ire-II) by three lengths. Hill 'N' Dale Farm bred the 2-year-old colt in Kentucky.

With the win, Coral Eurobet slashed Hawk Wing's odds to win next year's Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas from 20-1 to 6-1, making him the co-favorite along with Godolphin's Champagne Stakes winner Dubai Destination, according to Sporting Life.

Godolphin's Naheef (by Marju) finished second, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner. Sholokhov (Sadler's Wells) came home third, with Monachoftheglen (A.P. Indy) fourth in the seven-horse field. Mrs. John Magnier owns the first-, second-, and fourth-place finishers.

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