Looking ahead to the weekend’s racing

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  • Hawk Wing looks set to display his explosive speed in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown

    Hawk Wing, the horse hyped to win just about everything except the World Cup this summer, may have finally found the stage to exhibit his undoubted talents at Sandown on Saturday.

    This imposing bay colt was considered at the top of the rankings in Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stables during the winter. But so far he has met with two defeats, both at the hands of less fancied stable companions.

    However, a mile and a quarter gallop round Sandown in the Coral Eclipse Stakes should provide the opportunity for him to show off his explosive speed.

    He was caught out by the unfavourable draw when beaten by the brilliant Rock Of Gibraltar in the 2000 Guineas, and was outstayed by the outstanding dual Derby winner High Chaparral in the Epsom Derby.

    Hawk Wing represents the racing superpower Coolmore from Ireland and will face the biggest danger from its main rival, the Godolphin stable’s unbeaten Equerry, a progressive type being pitched into this exalted company for the first time.

    Hawk Wing cannot be opposed.In the supporting races Michael Jarvis’s Kier Park will appreciate conditions in the opening sprint, while Ian Balding’s Dumaran should be followed in his bid for a hat-trick of wins in the Tote Scoop6 Handicap.

    At Haydock Shadow Dancing, second at Royal Ascot, looks good enough for the Lancashire Oaks and Mana d’Argent is the pick of the Old Newton Cup Handicap.

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