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Racing: Eagle eye.

MARK JOHNSTON took his score for the season to 30 when HEARTHSTEAD WINGS made a successful racecourse debut under Joe Fanning in the Giving For Sight Maiden Stakes at Ripon yesterday.

Hearthstead Wings (8-1) struck the front over a furlong from home to score by four lengths from heavily-backed favourite Distinctly Game (7-4 to evens) by four lengths.

This was Johnston's third individual juvenile winner of the campaign, and he said: 'I agonised about the idea of running an In The Wings colt at this time of year over six furlongs at Ripon.

'But although he is a backward colt, he has been working well. He is long in the pastern so I wonder if real fast ground in the summertime would be against him, so we will take one step at a time.'

INTRICATE WEB overcame problems in running to record the 12th success of his career under apprentice David Allan in the Middleham Trainers Association Handicap.

Southern raider Shamara, trained by Chris Wall, came out of the pack to lead with about a furlong to race, but Allan brought Intricate Web (20-1) with a strong run on the rails to collar him inside the last 75 yards and score by half a length.

Winning trainer Eric Alston was not present and his wife Sue said: 'He went to the betting shop to watch the race, but he said he did not even have his usual fiver on!'
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 17, 2004
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