Goldie expects big run from Hawkeyethenoo

Jim Goldie is expecting Hawkeyethenoo to carry on where he left off last year when he makes his seasonal reappearance in the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes at Newmarket today.

The Hawk Wing gelding has been a tremendous servant to the Glasgow trainer, winning the Stewards’ Cup last summer and ending the campaign with a fine second to Maarek in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot in October.

“He’s wintered well and had a nice break. His last run at Ascot was probably a career best, so if he comes close to that I think he’ll run a big race,” said Goldie.

“He’s not 100% yet, but he runs well fresh and if the ground is good that would be perfect. He runs well fresh, so I’m expecting quite a big run from him.”

Jimmy Styles was race fit when second to subsequent July Cup winner Mayson in this race 12 months ago, but will be making his seasonal debut this time round.

While trainer Clive Cox reports the nine-year-old to be in fine shape, he does expect him to come on for the outing.

“He’s in very good form, but he’s had a break this winter as opposed to going out to Dubai,” said Cox.

“It’s not been the most simple spring getting going. I’m very pleased with him but I would expect him to improve for the run.”

Move In Time already has two wins under his belt since joining David O’Meara from Bryan Smart’s stable.

His latest success came at Doncaster on Saturday when he showed he was as effective over this trip of six furlongs as he has been over five. But the five-year-old steps out of handicap company into Group class.

“It’s a big step up in grade. It’s a shot to nothing, but he’s fit and well and is in good form,” he said.

Eve Johnson Houghton does not expect the lack of a recent outing to count against The Cheka.

She is confident of a big run from her stable stalwart, who was second to Mayson in the July Cup last summer.

She said: “I’m very hopeful. I think it looks a race he can really get involved in. He’s always run well first time out.”

Meanwhile, Richard Hughes expects Toronado to confirm last season’s form with Dundonnell when the pair clash for a second time in today’s Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes.

While only four go to post in the 2000 Guineas trial, the official handicapper has only 4lb between them all.

The Richard Hannon-trained Toronado was unbeaten during his juvenile season, accounting for Roger Charlton’s Dundonnell in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster with the runner-up in receipt of 3lb this time.

At the time Hannon was confident he had finally found himself a genuine Derby contender, but Hughes believes he has been showing so much speed on the gallops that the Guineas may suit him more.

“He’s showing us an awful lot of speed at home at the moment,” Hughes said.

“I was always afraid that the Guineas might be a bit sharp but the nearer we’re coming to the race, I’m afraid if he’ll stay the Derby trip.

“If he does stay a mile and a half, he’s going to be a champion altogether but he’s plenty quick enough for a Guineas now.

“I’d be very surprised if Dundonnell beat me. I think my lad has improved.

“I couldn’t ride the race I wanted at Doncaster. Everyone said I had an easy lead but actually he wants a true run race and on that occasion it wasn’t, but he managed to win anyway.”

James Doyle is the man aboard Dundonnell, who went on to finish fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf behind Aidan O’Brien’s George Vancouver.

“I sat on him last Saturday and was delighted,” said Doyle. “He was highly strung last year, but has really matured between two and three. He has physically filled out.

“Obviously it is a tough race. Toronado had the run of the race last time when he beat me, but now carries a 3lb penalty, so I am hopeful.

“Dundonnell is a good mover and the ground drying out will be in our favour.”

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