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  • 15:00 Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes 6f

  • (listed) £45,000 added 3yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 10.30s
  • Off time: 15:00:58

Tax Breaks Abernant Rivals

Last Updated: 16/04/09 4:32pm

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Tax Free lands the Abernant.

Tax Free lands the Abernant.

Tax Free (8-1) made most of the running under Francis Norton to win the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes for Dandy Nicholls.

Last year's King's Stand Stakes hero Equiano was sent off the market leader and went straight to the head of affairs in the hands of Michael Hills.

However, wise to the move, Norton was soon on his heels and came to join and then pass him after running the first of six furlongs.

From then on it always looked a straight fight between the speedy duo and it was Tax Free who stayed on best to score by half a length.

Knot In Wood was a further length back in third.

Nicholls said: "This horse is tough and he always has been. It's a shame Adrian (Nicholls) couldn't ride him as he's banned but Franny gave him a great ride.

"Where will he go next? Probably Duke Of York. He's got plenty of entries and we'll run him in the best races we can."

Norton added: "I was getting run away with early on and Dandy said he might be a little bit keen and to just let him roll on a bit and don't start fighting with him as it was his first run for a long time.

"He's really tough and hard and he stuck by his guns really well. It will take a good one to get by him.

"They stopped with him in June last year and he has really matured now so let's hope he can go on to bigger and better things."

Barry Hills, trainer of the runner-up, said: "He is a lazy horse and would have half-needed the race. He has behaved well in the stalls today so that is that problem sorted out. He has lost a battle but not the war, and could come back here in a fortnight for the Palace House or go to York for the Duke Of York."

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