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Horse Racing: Hawkeyethenoo Wins Blue Square Bet Stewards’ Cup

August 6, 2012

Hawkeyethenoo just edged out Imperial Guest in another tight finish at Blue Square Bet Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood, enabling Grand National-winning jockey Graham Lee adding one of the biggest betting races on the Flat to his curriculum vitae.

The judge again had to take a look at the photo before giving the verdict to the 9-1 chance much to the delight of his jockey, a day after two races at the track ended as dead-heats.

Earlier in the year, Lee shocked the racing world when announcing he was switching to ride on the Flat and he continued that it is his first season on the Flat and he [Hawkeyethenoo] has taken me to some big places, to Royal Ascot and the Wokingham and the July Cup.

For the eighth time, the son of Hawk Wing was winning and his trainer Jim Goldie said that it is terrific for them. He has been very unlucky this year so it is a great race to get some luck in.

As trainer George Margarson again went close to nabbing a big handicap, the 25-1 chance going down by a nose, Connections of Imperial Guest can also count themselves as unlucky.

Following his Goodwood victory on Saturday, Hawkeyethenoo could contest both the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock and the Ayr Gold Cup next month. Trainer Goldie admits the Ayr Gold Cup is at the forefront of his mind. He reports his charge has arrived back at his Glasgow base none the worse and as a proud Scotsman.

Goldie said that Hawkeyethenoo has got home last night and he seems fine. He’s eaten up and he’s nice and relaxed. He added that he has been banging on the door and it was nice to get the luck in running this time. Everything went to plan. It was handy they left that gap on the far side and he picked up really well when it mattered. He probably idled a wee bit in front.

Goldie said that Hawkeyethenoo could go to Haydock next, but they will have to see what the handicapper does. There is a certain race at Ayr they would obviously like to win. He added that Hawkeyethenoo is probably a better horse on good to firm ground and their chances of getting that at Ayr are probably limited, but he’ll have the entry and they will see nearer the time.

Goldie said that they will see how Hawkeyethenoo is this week, but there is three weeks from now until Haydock and then the Ayr Gold Cup is a fortnight after that, so it’s possible he could do both. He hopes that the handicapper isn’t too hard on him as they finished in a bit of a heap yesterday.