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Newfoundland muddles through heavy going.

Byline: TONY O HEHIR

Newfoundland became Aiden O'Brien's seventh individual two-year-old winner of the season when scraping home by a head under Mick Kinane in the six-furlong maiden, writes

It was in the same race a year ago that O'Brien successfully launched Johannesburg's career.

Newfoundland, who cost $3.3 million at the Keeneland Sales in September, had to struggle on very soft ground before getting the better of Penalty Clause, after the pair had disputed the lead from over a furlong out.

Newfoundland, a 2-5 shot, was the fourth consecutive Ballydoyle-trained odds-on favourite to win this event.

Afterwards Kinane said: "The ground is very dead and a bit patchy and this colt will need much better ground".

Nick The Butler gives owners Aintree dreams

Nick The Butler, backed from 12-1 to 9-1, came from last turning for home to win the 18-runner seven-furlong handicap for trainer Peter Casey. The six-year-old provided 7lb claiming apprentice Davy Condon with his third success of the season.

Nick The Butler carries the colours of the 12-member Aintree Racing Club, seven of whose members have been attending the Grand National meeting for over 20 years. They hope that last night's winner might win a hurdle race at Aintree some time in the future.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 30, 2002
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