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Dawn rises to Hardwicke challenge

Await The Dawn further enhanced his big reputation with a superb victory in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Ryan Moore gave the heavily-backed 4-6 favourite a patient ride in the mile-and-a-half Group Two but he began to make headway entering the straight.

Aidan O'Brien's four-year-old picked up well in the testing conditions, overtaking the game Harris Tweed passing the furlong marker, and the son of Giant's Causeway stayed on strongly in the closing stages to score by three lengths.

Giant's Causeway was narrowly beaten in the Breeders' Cup Classic on his final start, and O'Brien would love to see Await The Dawn follow in the hoofprints of his father.

He said: "I'd say he's won in spite of the ground as he's a daisy-cutter. It's the same old story - he's got the class. We were hoping he had so much class that he'd get the mile and a half and we think he's a very serious horse.

"We were always dreaming of the Breeders' Cup Classic - the dream is still alive. We'll take him home and look at all the options for him.

"It's always hard to know where to go with these horses, as we'd been thinking St Nicholas Abbey could come here for the King George and So You Think could go for the Eclipse, but nothing is definite."

Moore added: "He had form on softer ground as a young horse, but he's won in spite of it, and he is stronger now. He has a lot quality. He travelled well, but he just does enough."

William Haggas, Harris Tweed's trainer, reported: "He maybe needs this sort of ground and he does stay very well. I think we've been beaten by an extraordinarily good horse who will go on to win multiple Group Ones. We've given him a race and I'm keen to save him for the autumn.

"The Melbourne Cup looks an exciting idea, but my father owns him and he's 80, so I'm not sure he'll be as keen to go as me."


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