Hawk Wing, winning the 2002 Coral Eclipse Stakes.

Hawk Wing, winning the 2002 Coral Eclipse Stakes.

Trevor Jones

Hawk Wing Tops International Classifications

Hawk Wing, winner of the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) by 11 lengths, topped the International Classifications for horses that raced in Europe and the U. S. in 2003. The son of Woodman produced from the Canadian champion La Lorgnette (by Val de l'Orne) was weighted at 133 on the International, three pounds better than British-based Mubtaker.

The top-weighted horse based in the U.S. and third on the International was Ron McAnally-trained Candy Ride, who was assigned 127 pounds.

Dalakhani, the French Derby (Fr-I) and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner, was accorded 132 pounds, making him the top 3-year-old in the world rankings. Highest-ranking U. S.-based 3-year-olds were Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker, who were each weighted at 122 pounds.

Bred by Hill 'n' Dale Farm and trained by Aidan O'Brien for owner Sue Magnier, Hawk Wing retired in mid-year due to a knee ligament injury suffered in an unplaced effort in the June 17 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot. The winner of five his dozen starts, Hawk Wing earned $1,604,286 before being retired to Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

The International Classifications, based on a horse's best performance in the year, are compiled by a panel of handicappers from the U. S., Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia.


Horse -- Rating -- Trainer -- (Country)
Hawk Wing -- 133--Aidan O'Brien (Ireland)
Mubtaker -- 130--Marcus Tregoning (GB)
Candy Ride -- 127--Ronald McNally (USA)
Falbrav -- 127--Luca Cumani (GB)
High Chaparral -- 127--Aidan O'Brien (Ireland)
Johar 127 Richard Mandella (USA)
Mineshaft 127 Neil Howard (USA)
Moon Ballad 126 Saeed bin Suroor (GB)
Dubai Destination 125 Saeed bin Suroor (GB)
Nayef 125 Marcus Tregoning (GB)
Sulamani 125 Saeed Bin Suroor (GB)
Pleasantly Perfect 124 Richard Mandella (USA)
Symboli Kris S 124 Kazuo Fujisawa (Japan)
Ange Gabriel 123 Eric Libaud (France)
Azeri 123 Laura de Seroux (USA)
Tap Dance City 123 S Sasaki (Japan)
Congaree 122 Bob Baffert (USA)
Good Journey 122 Wallace Dollase (USA)
Medaglia d'Oro 122 Bobby Frankel (USA)
Storming Home 122 Neil Drysdale (USA)

Horse -- Rating -- Trainer -- (Country)
Dalakhani 132 Alain de Royer Dupre (France)
Alamshar 131 John Oxx (Ireland)
Oasis Dream 125 John Gosden (GB)
Dai Jin 122 Andreas Schutz (Germany)
Empire Maker 122 Bobby Frankel (USA)
Funny Cide 122 Barclay Tagg (USA)
Kris Kin 122 Sir Michael Stoute (GB)
Doyen 121 Andre Fabre (France)
Magistretti 121 Neville Callaghan (GB)
Zafeen 121 Mick Channon (GB)
Cajun Beat 120 Stephen Margolis (USA)
Peace Rules 120 Bobby Frankel (USA)
Roosevelt 120 David Oughton (Hong Kong)
Ten Most Wanted 120 Wallace Dollase (USA)
Trade Fair 120 Roger Charlton (GB)
Dynever 119 Christophe Clement (GB)
The Great Gatsby 119 Aidan O'Brien (Ireland)
Kalaman 119 Sir Michael Stoute (GB)
L'Ancresse 119 Aidan O'Brien (Ireland)
Vespone 119 Nicholas Clement (France)

(Only European horses rated)
Horse -- Rating -- Trainer -- (Country)
Bago 121 Jonathan Pease (France)
Attraction 119 Mark Johnston (GB)
Grey Swallow 119 Dermot Weld (Ireland)
Lucky Story 118 Mark Johnston (GB)
Milk It Mick 118 Jamie Osborne (GB)
One Cool Cat 118 Aidan O'Brien (Ireland)
Three Valleys 118 Roger Charlton (GB)
American Post 117 Criquette Head-Maarek (France)
Whipper 117 Robert Collet (France)
MajesticMissile 116 William Haggas (GB)
Balmont 115 Jeremy Noseda (GB)
Haafhd 115 Barry Hills (GB)
Wathab 115 Kevin Prendergast (Ireland)
Bachelor Duke 114 James Toller (GB)
Denebola 114 Pascal Bary (GB)
Fokine 114 Barry Hills (GB)
Holborn 114 Mick Channon (GB)
Old Deuteronomy 114 Aidan O'Brien (Ireland)
Pearl Of Love 114 Mark Johnston (GB)
Voix Du Nord 114 David Smaga (GB)