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  • 15:30 Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes 6f

  • (Group 3) £65,000 added 3yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner £36,862 2nd £13,975 3rd £6,994 4th £3,484
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 9.88s
  • Off time: 15:34:12

Hamza makes every yard to win the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket

Last Updated: 17/04/14 4:01pm

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Hamza (left) held the runner-up at bay

Hamza (left) held the runner-up at bay

Hamza made every yard of the running to win the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

Kevin Ryan's five-year-old progressed through the handicap ranks through 2013 and made a very encouraging reappearance when sixth to Amber Sky in a Group One at Meydan late last month.

That run clearly did him good in terms of fitness and Spencer was not hanging about on the 11/4 chance, leading from the off and cajoling his mount along passing the three-furlong pole.

Much of the field was in trouble from that point but the Adam Kirby-ridden Es Que Love, fourth in the early stages, came to lay down a strong challenge approaching the final furlong.

He got level with the winner but couldn't go past and Hamza found a little extra close home to score by half a length and boost his course record to three wins from four appearances.

The major eye-catcher was hot favourite Aljamaaheer, who became outpaced before flashing home for third under Paul Hanagan.

Ryan said of the winner: "He'd had a hard race in Dubai and you are always a bit worried how much it has taken out of them but he's very game and very tough.

"He's in the Duke of York (May 14) but there's a possibility he could go over to Ireland for the Greenlands Stakes."

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