Hamza (nearest) gets home in front in the Abernant Stakes at NewmarketPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Hamza battles back to take Abernant win
Report: Newmarket, Thursday
Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes (Group 3) 3yo+, 6f
HAMZA showed the heart of a lion to rally back for victory after being headed by Es Que Love, while favourite Aljamaaheer made up oodles of ground late on but could only finish third.
The Kevin Ryan-trained winner was fastest out the stalls and went straight to the front under Jamie Spencer, who then also struck out for home earlier than most.
That proved an inspired tactic as only Clive Cox's kind-travelling Es Que Love got on terms with the leader, but Hamza showed awesome spirit to battle back and reclaim the front.
Aljamaaheer, by contrast, was held up by Paul Hanagan and only picked up late on, when despite recovering a huge amount of ground found the winning post coming too soon for better than third.
"He is very gutsy and very tough," said Ryan. "He is a horse that tries very, very hard and I think he'll go for the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh next."