Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes (Group 3) 6f
- (3yo+, 6f, Class 1, 8 runners)
- Winner £36,862 2nd £13,975 3rd £6,994 4th £3,484 5th £1,748 6th £878
- Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 9.88s
- Off time: 15:34:12
|2nd||4 Es Que Love||½||9/1|
Tropics (USA) 19
|6||136 9-10 h||D K Ivory||R Winston||116||9/1|
Aljamaaheer (IRE) 249
|5||132 9-6||R Varian||P Hanagan||116||5/4f|
Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 19
|6||132 9-6||H Candy||Oisin Murphy||108||10/1|
Es Que Love (IRE) 194
|5||132 9-6||C G Cox||A Kirby||103||9/1|
Hamza (IRE) 19
|5||132 9-6 b||K A Ryan||J P Spencer||110||11/4|
Heaven's Guest (IRE) 19
|4||132 9-6||R A Fahey||R L Moore||104||12/1|
Hitchens (IRE) 40
|9||132 9-6||T D Barron||S De Sousa||102||33/1|
|7||132 9-6||B Ellison||G Baker||100||33/1|
Tickled Pink (IRE)
||4||9-3||Sir H R A Cecil||T P Queally||8/1|
Ascot winner Aljamaaheer picked up the Group 2 Summer Mile in July but drops back to sprinting on his return. TROPICS has a bit to find with the latter at the weights but has a recent outing under his belt. The latter developed into a useful sprinter last season, winning five races culminating with a victory in the Bengough Stakes at Ascot in October. Dean Ivory's charge gets the vote to reverse latest running with Dinkum Diamond at Doncaster back on fast ground. Course and distance winner Hamza is usually at his best at this time of year and raced at Meydan last month along with Racy. The former is also preferred to Hitchens and Es Que Love while Heaven's Guest finished well behind Dinkum Diamond on his reappearance, though he won a decent handicap on the July course here last summer.
Hamza (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) 6th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Amber Sky (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 5f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Es Que Love (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Led, clear 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 7th of 17, 2 1/2l behind Heaven's Guest (8-13) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Aljamaaheer (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) 8th of 13, 18l behind Moonlight Cloud (9-1) at Deauville(FR) 1m Grp 1 (1) gs in Aug.
Dinkum Diamond (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, led approaching 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, held on well, won at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Mar beating Captain Ramius (9-5) by 1l, 9 ran.
Tropics (USA) 4-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 12l behind Dinkum Diamond (9-5) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Mar.
Heaven's Guest (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 9, 5l behind Dinkum Diamond (9-5) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Mar.
Hitchens (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) In touch towards rear, ridden 2f out, headway inside final furlong, ran on, not reach leaders, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Baddilini (8-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcap (2) pol in Mar.
Racy 14-1 (8-11) 2nd of 11, 1l behind Medicean Man (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp in Feb.