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First Maite has Great St Wilfrid target.

FIRST MAITE, raised 9lb for winning the Coral Handicap at Haydock four days ago, will reappear in the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap on Saturday.

The Roy Bowring-trained sprinter has been installed 10-1 equal second favourite by William Hill for the Ripon feature.

"He runs on Saturday-where else do you go with a horse like him?" said Bowring yesterday.

"I hope it's been raining at Ripon because he's just a soft-ground horse.

"The handicapper has put him up from 95 to 104, but I suppose he carried 9st 9lb at Haydock and now has 9st 13lb at Ripon. If you look at it one way, he'll be only 4lb higher."

At Haydock, jockey John Carroll encountered difficulty in pulling up the horse after he had passed the post.

"The horse is fine after Saturday, but he would have been a lot better if he hadn't galloped round to the mile-and- a-quarter start," Bowring added.

Hills make James Toller's Literary Society their 9-1 favourite for the big sprint.

MISTY MISS, winner of the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood last month, looks to have the pounds 33,000 Weatherbys Dash at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening at her mercy.

The David Evans-trained filly has an official rating of 100, which puts her way ahead of the 10 remaining entries in the six-furlong contest for two-year-olds who were sold or bought in at the Dunstall Park Breeze Up Sales in March.

"It was always the plan to run in this race as the owner wanted to run," said Evans. "There are no problems with the all-weather. She's been round there two or three times at the breeze-up, so she'll go on anything."


Hills: 9 Literary Society, 10 Cadeaux Cher, Double Oscar, First Maite, Zuhair, 12 Deep Space, Emerging Market, Haafiz, Maghaarb, 14 bar.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 11, 1999
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