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Tom Weekes

Tom Weekes

Hathiq returns to winning ways as connections eye Group 1 race

Sun 11th Aug 2019, 16:12

Hathiq and Rory Cleary (orange colours)
© Photo Healy Racing

Connections of Hathiq have Group 1 glory as their long-term target as the gelding landed the Follow Tipperary On Facebook Handicap at Tipperary today.

The son of Exceed And Excel was bought for just Stg3,000 by current owner James McAuley in January 2019, having failed to run since his Kempton maiden win in November 2016 and today bagged his fourth career win under Rory Cleary.

Winning trainer Denis Hogan later commented “it is great to have him back as we found a few issues with him and probably shouldn't have went to Epsom or the Rockingham. We found a few issues after, nothing major, and the boys had a few quid on him this morning so it is great.

"He'll come back here for a Listed race at the end of the month and he also holds an entry for the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh. If he won the Listed race it would be an option and the Group 1 often cuts into a small field and the lads picked it out.

"He deserves to hold an entry and you have to be in to win.

“It's good to have a win for the boys again as we have had a load of horses placed without winning and this winner keeps the show on the road.”

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