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Teophilip - Lingfield - 16.03.2013

Teophilip (centre) returns the comfortable winner of the Spring Cup

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Winter maestro Botti strikes with Teophilip

Report: Lingfield, Saturday Spring Cup (Listed) 7f, 3yo, all-weather

WITH the winter all-weather season nearing its end, one of the season's leading trainers Marco Botti struck with Teophilip under jockey Andrea Atzeni.

It was the trainer's 19th winner of the winter, during which he has operated with a 28 per cent strike-rate.

Teophilip was well placed under Atzeni and nosed his way through to lead in the home straight and was a comfortable winner from favourite Emell, who was held up and slightly short of room in the closing stages. Hoarding was third.

Botti said: "Andrea has given her a superb ride, dropping her in and getting the split when he needed.

"The horse is going the right way and having won a Listed race he will be going up the handicap so we will wait to see where he goes."

Ladies Are Forever - Lingfield - 16.03.2013

Ladies Are Forever storms to victory under Willy Twiston-Davies

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Forever takes Hever Stakes for Twiston-Davies

Blue Square Bet Hever Stakes (Listed) 5f, all-weather

FRESH from cheering home a Cheltenham Festival winner for his brother and two for his father, Willy Twiston-Davies was in the winner's enclosure himself as Ladies Are Forever scored an easy win.

Trained by Geoff Oldroyd for Reg Bond, Ladies Are Forever travelled smartly behind leader Timeless Call before darting up the inside as the field rounded the home turn.

The five-year-old, sent off at 10-1, stormed clear to set a new track record of 56.67 seconds, half a second faster than the previous record of 57.26 seconds. Timeless Call kept on for second with Tarooq third.

Twiston-Davies said: "She gave me my first Listed win last time but today she has travelled so much better today. She is a very special filly and Group-race bound after that. She has improved again."

It completed a superb week for the Twiston-Davies family as father Nigel sent out Same Difference and The New One, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, to win at the Cheltenham Festival.

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