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Dubai Destination Takes Queen Anne

June 17, 2003

ASCOT, England (AP) _ Dubai Destination charged to the lead in the stretch and defeated favorite Hawk Wing in the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday, the opening day at Royal Ascot.

Sent off as the 8-13 favorite, Hawk Wing struggled to make a run on the outside and finished seventh in the field of 11.

Dubai Destination, owned by Godolphin Racing, finished four lengths ahead of 16-1 long shot Tillerman in the one-mile race. Right Approach, with owner Queen Elizabeth II in attendance, was third.

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the 4-year-old Dubai Destination won his second straight race after being sidelined for more than a year with minor injuries. He won at Nottingham on June 4 in his first race since May 2002.

Hawk Wing, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won his last race by 11 lengths after a 2002 season in which the colt finished second in the English Derby and 2,000 Guineas and was seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

``I’m disappointed,″ O’Brien said. ``That wasn’t the same Hawk Wing. He didn’t run within anywhere near what we know he can. We’ll give him a break and he’ll come back a fresh horse. I don’t lose the faith.″

Earlier, Zafeen held off favorite Kalaman by a length and won the St. James’ Palace Stakes. Martillo was third in the one-mile race for 3-year-old colts.

Hold That Tiger, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last October, finished fourth.

Zafeen is trained by former English soccer player Mick Channon.

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