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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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 9.88s
  • Off time: 15:34:12
  • Last Updated: April 17 2014, 16:02 BST

Jamie Spencer gave Hamza an inspired front-running ride to win the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant at Newmarket.

Hamza (left) held the runner-up at bay
Hamza (left) held the runner-up at bay

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.

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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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