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  • 15:30 Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes 6f

  • (Group 3) £60,000 added 3yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 9.88s
  • Off time: 15:33:27

Jim Goldie is anticipating a big run from Hawkeyethenoo in the Abernant Stakes

Last Updated: 17/04/13 3:00pm

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Jim Goldie (right): Hopes to be in winners enclosure again

Jim Goldie (right): Hopes to be in winners enclosure again

Jim Goldie is expecting Hawkeyethenoo to carry on where he left off last year when he makes his seasonal reappearance in the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

The Hawk Wing gelding has been a tremendous servant to the Glasgow trainer, winning the Stewards' Cup last summer and ending the campaign with a fine second to Maarek in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot in October.

"He's wintered well and had a nice break. His last run at Ascot was probably a career best, so if he comes close to that I think he'll run a big race," said Goldie.

"He's not 100% yet, but he runs well fresh and if the ground is good that would be perfect.

"He runs well fresh, so I'm expecting quite a big run from him."

Jimmy Styles was race fit when second to subsequent July Cup winner Mayson in this race 12 months ago, but will be making his seasonal debut this time round.

While trainer Clive Cox reports the nine-year-old to be in fine shape, he does expect him to come on for the outing.

"He's in very good form, but he's had a break this winter as opposed to going out to Dubai," said Cox.

"It's not been the most simple spring getting going. I'm very pleased with him but I would expect him to improve for the run.

"He'd had the benefit of warmer climes before he ran in this race last year and obviously a run or two as well."

Move In Time already has two wins under his belt since joining David O'Meara from Bryan Smart's stable.

His latest success came at Doncaster on Saturday when he showed he was as effective over this trip of six furlongs as he has been over five.

But the five-year-old steps out of handicap company into Group class.

"It's a big step up in grade. It's a shot to nothing, but he's fit and well and is in good form," said the North Yorkshire trainer.

"He's had a couple of runs so he might just have a fitness edge, maybe. It's an opportunity for him to maybe run into a place in a Group race"

Eve Johnson Houghton does not expect the lack of a recent outing to count against The Cheka.

She is confident of a big run from her stable stalwart, who was second to Mayson in the July Cup last summer.

"I'm really happy with him. The warmer weather over the last week has really helped him," said the Blewbury handler.

"I'm very hopeful. I think it looks a race he can really get involved in. He's always run well first time out."

Angels Will Fall competed in several major sprints last year, including the Nunthorpe Stakes without much success, but her trainer Charlie Hills expects her to fare better in the top company this time round.

"Life should be easier for her as a four-year-old and she's been in good form since her winter break," the Lambourn handler told www.charleshills.com.

Her rider Richard Hughes believes her chance will be greatly improved if he can get her to settle in the early stages.

"It's a wide open race but she runs a little bit keen in most of her races so if I can manage to settle her the better chance she'd have. Not many horses win when they are free," he told Sky Sports Radio.

James Fanshawe admits he is taking a shot in the dark with Hallelujah.

"Hallelujah is taking a step up in class. She has been doing nice work on the Al Bahathri but could do with some sun on her back," the Newmarket handler told www.jamesfanshawe.com.

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