Hawk Wing

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Hawk Wing
Racing silks of Susan Magnier.svg
Racing silks of Susan Magnier
Sire Woodman
Grandsire Mr. Prospector
Dam La Lorgnette
Damsire Val de L'Orne
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1999
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Hill 'n' Dale Farms
Owner Sue Magnier
Trainer Aidan O'Brien
Record 12: 5-5-0[1]
Earnings ₤1,060,491
Major wins
Futurity Stakes (2001)
National Stakes (2001)
Eclipse Stakes (2002)
Lockinge Stakes (2003)
1st in World Thoroughbred Rankings (2003)
Last updated on March 3, 2008

Hawk Wing (foaled 1999 in Kentucky) is an American-bred, Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse trained by Aidan O'Brien.

Racing career[edit]

2001: Two-year-old career[edit]

He was the top two-year-old of 2001 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, by virtue of a two and a half length win in the National Stakes. He was not undefeated at two, however, having earlier finished second in the Railway Stakes behind a horse named Rock Of Gibraltar. Hawk Wing's subsequent victories in the National Stakes (in an all age course record time), and the Futurity Stakes led him to the position of favorite for the following year's 2,000 Guineas and Epsom Derby.

2002: Three-year-old career[edit]

In the Guineas, two distinct groups formed on either side of the straight track, with the faster ground on the far side. Hawk Wing was in the group on the stands side, while the group on the far side, containing Rock Of Gibraltar, was travelling slightly further ahead. Hawk Wing beat his own group, and was rapidly closing in on Rock Of Gibraltar butlost by a neck.

His next run was in the 2002 Epsom Derby, where his run in the Guineas was enough to give him the position of market favorite again. He ran second to stablemate High Chaparral. The pair were twelve lengths clear of a field including the winners of three major Derby trials. After the Derby, he subsequently dropped back to 10 furlongs and won the prestigious Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park. He was beaten a short head by Grandera in a renewal of the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, further prompting some in believing that he wasn't the most genuine of race horses. A runner's up finish as heavy favourite in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and a disappointing Stateside trip to the Breeders' Cup Classic further dented his reputation.

2003: Four-year-old career[edit]

He was kept in training at the age of four years. A field of six ran in the 2003 Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, including: Where Or When, who had beaten Hawk Wing in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes; Olden Times, winner of the Group One Prix Jean Prat; Domedriver, who had inflicted Rock Of Gibraltar's first defeat in eight Group One races in the Breeders' Cup Mile; Reel Buddy (priced at 50-1 despite having been placed in the Group One Sussex Stakes - an indication of the quality of the field); and Celebration Mile winner Tillerman. Hawk Wing beat this Group One field by 11 lengths, with second place Where Or When eight lengths clear of Olden Times in third.[2] Timeform rated him at 136, suggesting that this was the best performance in the world over a mile for nearly ten years.

He never reproduced this form again, finishing well down the field on his next and only subsequent outing.

Stud career[edit]

He retired to Coolmore stud in Ireland. His first crop are 2yos of 2007 and include 11 winners as of the 18th August; his sons Let Us Prey and Feared In Flight have BHA Handicap marks of 98 and 97, respectively. In Australia, his Irish-bred sons Hawk Island (Wyong Cup, Parramatta Cup, and JRA Plate) and Stand To Gain (Sydney Cup) have won stakes races.


Pedigree of Hawk Wing
Mr. Prospector Raise a Native Native Dancer
Raise You
Gold Digger Nashua
Playmate Buckpasser Tom Fool
Intriguing Swaps
La Lorgnette
Val de L'Orne Val de Loir Vieux Manoir
Aglae Armistice
Aglae Grace
The Temptress Nijinsky II Northern Dancer
Flaming Page
La Sevillana Court Harwell


  1. ^ "Hawk Wing race record". Racing Post. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  2. ^ "Lockinge Stakes result". Racing Post. 17 May 2003. Retrieved 2013-07-14.