Hawkeyethenoo: snapped losing streak at Ascot
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
JIM GOLDIE was on Sunday still basking in the warm glow provided by Hawkeyethenoo, who on Saturday ended a four-year losing spell with a stirring success in the 7f handicap for female amateur riders at Ascot.
The ten-year-old stable stalwart got his head in front for the first time since the 2012 Stewards’ Cup off a mark 32lb lower than his peak under former three-time amateur women’s champion Carol Bartley.
“It’s been a long time between drinks and I’m chuffed to bits with him,” said Goldie, who has always had a share in Hawkeyethenoo since he moved from Mick Easterby in 2009.
“The problem after his Stewards’ Cup win and second on Champions Day was that he went up in the handicap but he wasn’t a Group horse and was stuck in that twilight zone.
“He lost his confidence and had a few niggly issues but he’s always been a class horse and it wasn’t as if he hadn’t been running well as he finished third in the Victoria Cup last year.”
‘An emotional victory’
Hawkeyethenoo, who went 40 races in between victories, has shown his best form in big-field handicaps, scything his way through the pack as he did on his 75th start at Ascot under Bartley, who was winning the race for the third time.
“It was the first time Carol has ridden him but her husband Gary won the 2011 Victoria Cup on him and I’m quite sure she’s seen the video a few times, so I didn’t need to tell her how to ride him,” added Goldie, who has yet to identify the veteran’s next target.
“It was one of Carol’s best days and it was great for her as she had been struggling for a winner and her daughter Kayleigh led him up, so it was an emotional victory.”
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