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Racing: Hazim's best yet to come.

Byline: RAY GILPIN

HAZIM came with a late rattle to win the pounds 50,000 Freephone Stanley Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar and jockey Willie Supple reckons there is better to come from the lightly- raced four -year-old.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute,Hazim had the worst draw in the 17-runner line-up,but Supple had plenty of confidence in him and was content to settle him at the back of the field.

He still had plenty to do at the half-mile marker, but having steadily made ground, he quickened up in style when switched right a quarter of a mile out and swooped to catch Cat's Whiskers well inside the final furlong.

Hazim went on to win by three-quarters of a length with Crow Wood, who did not have the clearest of runs, a further length away in third.

Supple, who had never sat on Hazim before, said: ``The gaps came at the right time for me. He is a horse who will progress from this, you know.''

Dale Gibson, who rode Cat's Whiskers, was left reflecting on what might have been and said: ``I could not have had a more perfect run through the race if I had paid pounds 500 for one - and then we get beaten by a Group horse in disguise!''

Mirasol Princess made it two wins from three starts when just prevailing under Paul Fessey in a thrilling finish to the opening Yarm Novice Auction Stakes.

She was reported to have just needed the run when runner-up to Attraction at Thirsk last week, and trainer Kevin Ryan said: ``I think this was a good little contest and we will start looking for a race at Chester now (one on July 11 is under consideration).''

Yorkshire Blue popped up at 25-1 under Ted Durcan in the Go Racing In Yorkshire on Bank Holiday Selling Stakes, but the win was no surprise to trainer Richard Whitaker, who said after retaining him without a bid: ``I had pounds 50 each-way, so that helps!''
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 27, 2003
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