Williams making hay with Paphos
Stuart Williams parted company with Paphos, despite the six-year-old maintaining his excellent run of form in the Bet On Your Mobile At bluesq.com Claiming Stakes at Lingfield.
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This was his third straight win on the Surrey Polytrack in nine days and it was completed with the minimum of fuss as Andrea Atzeni helped the 6/4 favourite quicken three and three-quarter lengths clear.
"He has won five times in less than a year but would only have won 10 or 11 grand in that time, so it's a sad state of affairs," said Williams.
"He's a horse that clearly can win, and he'll run here again on Friday if he isn't claimed."
However trainer Charlie Hills ended up taking the horse home after being successful in the ballot and snapping him up for £6,000.
Keene's Pointe provided a nice performance on his reappearance from a 132-day break to land the Play Golf At Lingfield Marriott Maiden Stakes.
The 7/4 favourite had run with great promise on one of his four starts as a two-year-old and has emerged a stronger colt for John Hills, whose small all-weather team are in decent shape.
Irish Dream threw down the gauntlet from the front but Seb Sanders had her in his sights, aiming Keene's Pointe up the far rail and scoring by a length.
"The horses were on their knees at the end of last season and I hadn't run him since September," said Hills.
"He missed his last bit of work, which was a worry, but he doesn't seem to be blowing much and we'll probably give him one more run then bring him back for the summer."
Tony Carroll's Waving landed a gamble under Luke Morris in the Lingfield Park Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Backed into 9/2 despite doing little in a juvenile hurdle and two outings on the Flat since leaving John Oxx in the summer, the gelding produced a powerful finish to collect by two and three-quarter lengths from Story Writer.
"We brought him over from Ireland and he just had a wind operation, which probably helped," said Carroll.
"He was bought to go hurdling and I think he could be quite a nice dual-purpose horse."
Carroll went on: "We have been struggling with the weather, we couldn't do anything so we took a few over to Wolverhampton to work three or four days ago."
Joe Fanning helped Broxbourne (6/1) avenge her luckless recent outing at Wolverhampton by lifting the Dean Wilson Family Funeral Directors Handicap.
A solid stayer for the Mark Johnston yard, Broxbourne had flashed home after traffic problems for fourth at Dunstall Park 10 days earlier.
Safely out of trouble despite a position in the middle of the field, she got first run on Comedy House and held on by two and a half lengths.
Fanning said: "She was a bit unlucky last time when she got boxed in. She's game and she stays, she'll get two miles one day."