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Ayr Gold Cup at the forefront of trainer's mind

Last Updated: 05/08/12 1:08pm

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Hawkeyethenoo: Could target the Ayr Gold Cup

Hawkeyethenoo: Could target the Ayr Gold Cup

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Hawkeyethenoo could have an outing in both the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock and the Ayr Gold Cup next month following his Goodwood heroics on Saturday.

The six-year-old finally bagged the major prize his consistency deserved when holding on in a thrilling Blue Square Bet Stewards' Cup under Graham Lee.

Trainer Jim Goldie is pleased to report his pride and joy has arrived back at his Glasgow base none the worse and as a proud Scotsman, he admits the Ayr Gold Cup is at the forefront of his mind.

Goldie said: "He got home last night and he seems fine. He's eaten up and he's nice and relaxed.

"He's been banging on the door and it was nice to get the luck in running this time.

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"Everything went to plan. It was handy they left that gap on the far side and he picked up really well when it mattered. He probably idled a wee bit in front.

"He could go to Haydock next, but we'll have to see what the handicapper does. There is a certain race at Ayr we would obviously like to win!

"He's probably a better horse on good to firm ground and our chances of getting that at Ayr are probably limited, but he'll have the entry and we'll see nearer the time.

"We'll see how he is this week, but there is three weeks from now until Haydock and then the Ayr Gold Cup is a fortnight after that, so it's possible he could do both.

"Hopefully the handicapper isn't too hard on him as they finished in a bit of a heap yesterday."

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