South seeking Huxley glory

WILLIAM Haggas is looking forward to seeing South Easter return to the scene of his finest hour to contest Thursday’s Betfair Huxley Stakes at Chester this afternoon.

The son of Galileo edged out top-class colt Gitano Hernando to win last year’s Dee Stakes on the Roodee and started off his 2010 campaign with victory in the Magnolia Stakes at Kempton.

South Easter holds entries in the Coronation Cup and the Hardwicke Stakes next month and Haggas is hoping to learn more from this latest assignment.

“He obviously won at the meeting last year after a bit of a scrap and he showed he handles the track all right,” said the Newmarket handler.

“He won well at Kempton last time, the form isn’t that strong but we’ve deliberately given him a bit of time since then and hopefully he’ll run well tomorrow.

“This will tell us where we’re going and while it’s a nice race it’s not a Group One, so we can decide what to afterwards.”

Sans Frontieres is expected to show the benefit of his comeback run when he lines up for the Group Three prize.

Jeremy Noseda’s four-year-old shaped encouragingly when sixth to Sri Putra at Newmarket three weeks ago after being on the sidelines for 11 months.

“He seems to have come on well and we’re happy with him,” said Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden.

“He’s done a fair bit of work since and we were satisfied as we knew he would need that first run – and he might even need this run tomorrow.

“It was his first run back for nearly 12 months. Fitness wise, he needed that and we are expecting a good, solid performance from the horse.”

Kevin Ryan’s Les Fazzani has been off the track since winning a Listed prize at Kempton in November and Stephen Hillen, bloodstock advisor to owner Dr Marwan Koukash, feels any rain would aid her cause.

“Kevin has been very happy with the horse but she would appreciate some rain,” said Hillen.

“She’s in good form and ready to run, but she would just like a bit of juice in the ground.

“She’s been a very good filly and nearly won a Group One in Italy last year.

“That race had been the plan all year and she nearly pulled it off.”

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