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Speedy Arganil stars on drama-packed card


DOUBLES for John Egan and Tony Hamilton, a first-ever juvenilesuccess for trainer Tim Walford and a slick display of sprinting by the Kevin Ryan-trained Arganil figured among the highlights on a dramatic day on the Westwood, along with an inspired gamble on Spiritofthewest, which†took more than £50,000 out of the betting-ring.

Bespoke Boy's impromptu gallop through the crowd, after breaking loose, will have many a racegoer remembering this day for a long day to come. But for the connections of Spiritofthewest, they will remember it for different reasons.

After the Stuart Parr-trained colt, last of 10 on his debut after rearing in the stalls and missing the break, had lowered the colours of the odds-on Kingship Spirit, it was smiles all round in the winner's circle.

Backed at 100-1 and thenfrom 66-1 down to 33-1, Spiritofthewest was welcomed into the unsaddling enclosure by John Hardiman of owners, Bezwell Fixings and Willie McKay, Parr's landlord.

"He's a nice horse and this win didn't come as any real surprise to us," said Hardiman.

Egan, rider of Spiritofthewest, completed a double on the Paul Cole-trained Sri Kandi in the 7 1/2f fillies' maiden.

As for Hamilton, his brace came on Just The Lady, a clear-cut winner for Ollie Pears in the 5f selling nursery, and The Oil Magnate, whom he produced late and fast to beat the Egan-ridden Tomintoul Flyer in the 1m4f handicap.              

"We felt he was wanting a trip, but he wasn't physically able to handle it earlier in the season," said Michael Dods, trainer of The Oil Magnate. "He'll be a nice horse next year."

Ubi Ace made all under Graham Gibbons in the first division of the 7½f maiden.

Trainer Tim Walford said: "He's a nice horse. Not only is he the first two-year-old winner I've trained, he's also - at 14,000gns - the most expensive horse I've ever bought. He'll make a jumper one day."

The classiest performance on the card came from Arganil, who, under Silvestre de Sousa, followed-up his Hamilton maiden win in tremendous style in the 5f handicap.

Having only his fourth career start, the Kevin Ryan-trained three-year-old looks a horse with a bright future.

Tom Eaves and David Barron teamed-up to land the second leg of the 7½f maiden, while Barry McHugh was seen to excellent effect in the apprentices' handicap when getting Rossini's Dancer to put his best foot forward on behalf of his boss, Richard Fahey.

Star Performances
Arganil, who looked the real deal on his handicap debut, and Barry McHugh,who excelled on Rossini's Dancer, previously a 14-race maiden


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