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Hawk the source of stamina for England Expects.

PETERLEE-based Lee Unsworth not only bred England Expects but owns him too, so the Jimmy Wrighttrained dog's victory in the pounds 15,000 Grand Prix was particularly sweet.

Pressed hard by He Went Whoosh for most of the 640m, the son of Westmead Hawk-Move Over Marie put up a strong performance to record his first competition success in 39.50sec (-30).

He has chipped in ten open wins to the 39 racked up by the June 2007 litter, other contributions being made by Razzmatazz (14), Wilfy Wells (6) and Run Of The Hawk (9), the latter of whom won Sheffield's pounds 2,000 Ebor in record-equalling 720m time.

Although stamina figures in the dam line, Westmead Hawk is probably the prime source of the quality, as he brings in the long-distance influence of Smooth Rumble, Frightful Flash and Mega Delight.

The dual Derby champion's offspring have been fairly luckless in finals this year, but Kiltree Kev completed a fine double for him when landing the 750 yards Corn Cuchulainn at Harold's Cross 48 hours after the Grand Prix.

Dam Move Over Marie (El Zito-Cailin Dilis) was a regular 275 and 450m graded Kinsley winner for Lee Hurst, posting fastest-of-the-night times on more than one occasion. Stamina, though, was the forte of her litter-sister Clover Nell, an open winner of up to 718m and fourth in Monmore's Stayers' Summer Classic.

El Zito twice broke Monmore's 460m clock during the 1997 Midland Puppy Derby, losing the final by a short-head. He sired only a dozen litters, and was coupled here with another staying type in Cailin Dilis, a 730 yards Clonmel winner who reached Cork's Barry's Tea 700 final.

Cailin Dilis threw the Irish Laurels winner Barefoot Ridge.

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Grand Prix winner England Expects on the podium as owner Lee Unsworth (second left) holds the main trophy with trainer Jimmy Wright
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 29, 2010
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