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Michael Appleby enjoys Group success with Hakam in Norway

Michael Appleby: Enjoyed a second Group victory in Norway
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Michael Appleby and Luke Morris enjoyed a successful venture to Norway as Hakam landed the Group 3 Polar Cup at Ovrevoll on Sunday.

The five-year-old, winning for the first time since April 2017, kept on to beat the former Andrew Balding-trained Viscount Barfield by a neck.

For Appleby it was a second Group success following Danzeno's win in the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes in 2013.

Appleby said: "We're really pleased with him, he's run an absolute blinder. We left with both our runners on Tuesday, they both travelled well and we're really happy to have a winner.

"The owners [The Horse Watchers] have come over to see him and it's great they've had a winner. It's been a great experience, they look after you very well here, but the drink is quite expensive."

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Big Country was the yard's other runner and he finished third under Morris in the Group 3 Marit Sveaas Minnelop.

Winner of the Listed Pomfret Stakes the time before, the five-year-old travelled strongly into the race but faded close home to finish just over a length behind favourite Our Last Summer.

Appleby said: "He ran a good race, he just struggled around the bend. He lost a couple of lengths going round it and couldn't quite make up the ground."

Referring to the fact that whips are banned in Norway, except for in juvenile races, Appleby added: "I think if Luke had been able to use the stick on him he would have won."

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It's been a great experience, they look after you very well here but the drink is quite expensive
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