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Kitten’s Joy’s Hawkbill Prevails In Eclipse Duel
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 RSS Feeds

Supplemented by Godolphin for Saturday’s G1 Coral-Eclipse, Hawkbill (Kitten’s Joy) fully justified that decision with a defeat of The Gurkha (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in a thrilling tussle up Sandown’s hill as the 3-year-olds came out firmly on top. Given the green light for this test following a fifth straight success in the G3 Tercentenary S. over this trip at Royal Ascot June 16, the 6-1 shot was the virtual early leader under William Buick behind the pacemaker Countermeasure (GB) (American Post {GB}). Hooking up with Ballydoyle’s 4-6 favourite halfway up the straight, the chestnut began to assert from the furlong pole and stuck at his guns to record a half-length success. “What a call by the whole team to supplement him,” his rider, who is due to start a well-documented 30-day ban, commented. “Winning these big races is important and this horse has come at a good time for me. He goes on the ground very well and the future is very bright for him. His demeanour has changed a lot this year and he has grown up mentally and physically.”

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