What a rate of improvement HAWKEYETHENOO has shown since last July and after his win in a competitive Class 2 Handicap at Newmarket over 6f on rain softened ground it looks as though his improvement has not come to an end. He won a Class 4 previous to this and as a result was raised 9lb but there was no stopping his storming run up the rail today. He had the best of the draw with low numbers enjoying a distinct advantage on the day. The trainer thinks the horse is tremendously talented and nominated him to run in the Ayr Gold Cup before his first run this year so he must have known he was a good un !
It will be interesting to see were the 2nd from his previous race at Thirsk goes next GREEN PARK, he had no sort of run next time out and he too is well handicapped on old form and was running on in that race so is entitled to go close at some stage.
The 4th GENKI ran a great race considering he was drawn 25 and had to come right over to the stands side, he was last for best part of the race and was brought with his challenge down the middle of the track, he was rated 103 today and on this performance all roads will lead to the big handicaps once again and The Stewards Cup.
ENACT in 2nd was said to have grown over the winter, however pre race Sir Michael Stoute said the horse preferred top of the ground and wouldnt want any rain which is exactly what she did get and it was a big performance from this Kyllachy filly who went off the 15/2 fav in the circumstances, currently rated 95 it will be interesting to see where she goes next with the winner and 3rd having had a race fitness edge over her today.
ANGUS NEWS always seems to run well here and although she was another to have a good draw it was good performance from her as she was on the pace throughout and was also carrying 1lb overweight.
PARISIAN PYRAMID ran another solid race and had every chance but just lost out for 4th on the line. SECRET ASSET ran well to finish 6th for her inexperienced jockey (1-11)and MO MHUIRNIN and FLIPANDO ran on from rhe rear when the race was all but over.
The time reflected the going and was slow by 2.30s.