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Tickled Pink - Newmarket 18/04/2013

Tickled Pink storms to success in the Abenant Stakes under Tom Queally

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Sprint success for Cecil as Tickled wins Abernant

Report: Newmarket, Thursday

Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes (Group 3)
6f, 3yo+

TICKLED PINK, a rare runner in a sprint for Sir Henry Cecil, dominated this event to defeat Jimmy Styles with plenty in hand.

Making all, the four-year-old travelled strongly throughout and was not hard pressed to score at 8-1. Hat-trick-seeking Move In Time, the 9-4 favourite, finished third.

Quick into her stride under Tom Queally, Tickled Pink showed a decent cruising speed to lead Jimmy Styles and Pandar, while The Cheka was forced to play catch-up after totally missing the break.

Entering the final two furlongs, Move In Time held every chance if good enough, but could never strike a serious blow as Tickled Pink smoothly repelled 20-1 shot Jimmy Styles by two lengths.

The winner, who is out of 2001 King's Stand Stakes heroine Cassandra Go, looks set for a rewarding campaign, having clearly thrived since landing her Yarmouth maiden last June, and Cecil will doubtless place her to best advantage.

Cecil said: "She's an improving filly and will have a Group-race programme. I'll just feel my way, but I thought she was worth running.

"She'll improve a lot when we get some better weather. She's going the right way."

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