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  • 15:55 Blue Square Bet Stewards' Cup 6f

  • (Heritage Handicap) £100,000 added 3yo+ 27 ran
  • Winner £62,250 2nd £18,640 3rd £9,320 4th £4,660
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 11.27s
  • Off time: 15:56:13

Lee strikes on Hawkeyethenoo

Goldie thrilled to see stable stalwart score

Last Updated: 04/08/12 4:28pm

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Hawkeyethenoo: Landed thrilling Stewards' Cup

Hawkeyethenoo: Landed thrilling Stewards' Cup

Graham Lee's blossoming Flat career reached new heights as Hawkeyethenoo won the Blue Square Bet Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood.

Jim Goldie's remarkable six-year-old has been a standing dish in these big handicaps in recent years and burst to the front on the far side of the field inside the final furlong.

However the 9-1 chance had to dig very deep under his determined rider as Imperial Guest (25-1) thundered home down the centre of the track and at the line only a nose separated the pair.

Lu Rei (20-1) was third, just ahead of the well-backed 7-1 favourite Waffle, while Alben Star (14-1) was fifth with some bookmakers paying out down to that place on each-way bets.

Hawkeyethenoo held off the late challenge of Imperial Guest to win a thrilling renewal of the Blue Square Bet Stewards' Cup.

Third in the Wokingham Stakes and fifth in the July Cup, after which he finished a luckless seventh in the competitive International Stakes at Ascot, Jim Goldie's Scottish raider was a leading fancy at 9-1.

Always travelling strongly on the far side of the track in the hands of Grand National-winning jockey Graham Lee, the six-year-old quickened to the lead inside the final furlong.

Imperial Guest came with a strong challenge down the centre of the track as the line approached, but Hawkeyethenoo stayed strong to land the prestigious handicap by a nose.

Lee said: "I'm overwhelmed - I'm delighted for the horse. Jim has been great for me, he's given me great support. His horses haven't been flying, but for this horse to get us off the cold list is brilliant."

Goldie added: "He's a terrific horse and he has been very unlucky this year, so it's a good race to get a bit of luck.

"He carried a lot of weight and it will be interesting to see where we go next. He's in the Haydock race (Betfred Sprint Cup) and the obvious race we'd like to win is the Ayr Gold Cup, but we never seem to get our ground there.

"I've used Graham since the start of his career and he's ridden a terrific race today. This horse has never let us down and I'm chuffed to bits with him."

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