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  • 15:30 bet365 Criterion Stakes 7f

  • (Group 3) £60,000 added 3yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 23.09s
  • Off time: 15:31:24

Hawkeyethenoo drops in class in Saturday's Criterion Stakes

Last Updated: 28/06/13 1:34pm

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Hawkeyethenoo: Drops in grade on Saturday

Hawkeyethenoo: Drops in grade on Saturday

Hawkeyethenoo drops in class as he bids to return to winning ways in the bet365 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Having finished sixth behind Lethal Force in the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot last week, Jim Goldie's stalwart Hawkeyethenoo holds leading claims down two notches to Group Three class in the Criterion Stakes.

"He's a hardened campaigner at the highest level and we see him more as Group One standard than Group Two, so you'd hope for a big run now dropping down to a Group Three contest," said Tommy Boyle, spokesman for the owners, Johnnie Delta Racing.

"We weren't disappointed with the horse at Ascot but the race was a bit of an anti-climax as we were expecting a cavalry charge that would allow him to come through late on, but that just didn't materialise and the race was settled before he got going.

"Nevertheless, Jim has been happy with him at home and it will be great to see him in action again. Going to Ascot and then Newmarket in a week isn't ideal, but this lad's been up and down the M6 more times than me and takes it all in his stride.

"Apparently Jamie Spencer was keen to ride the horse and it will be interesting to see how they get on together, fingers crossed they click straight away as his style of riding should be spot on."

Hughie Morrison was left licking his wounds after Pastoral Player finished fast and late at Haydock last time out, looking an unlucky loser.

"I strongly suspect his day in the sun might have been three weeks ago," said Morrison. I hope I'm wrong but everything was right for him that day.

"We can't complain, he's a fun horse and has won us lots of prize money along the way."

Richard Hannon runs Libranno, winner of the race for the last two years, Producer and The Taj, with Richard Hughes on Producer.

"This is Libranno's race, but he has an 8lb penalty this year which will make it tough and, while The Taj is the only three-year-old in the race so has plenty on his plate, he is in good form, as is Producer, who is Hughesie's choice. He probably did not get the trip at Epsom last time, but back over seven furlongs he won't be far away," said Hannon on his website.

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