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Warwick: Drew's No. 1 Fan!

nClive Drew had a night to remember when outsider Regal Fan gave him a first success since renewing his trainer's licence in the spring when she gamely landed the Maiden Auction Fillies' Stakes under top apprentice Robert Winston, writes Neil Morrice.

Drew, who is based near Newmarket had spent more than a decade away from the training game but he thinks Regal Fan might be the horse to put him on racing's map.

Drew, who bought Regal Fan at the Breeze-Up Sales in Newmarket was all smiles after the result of a triple photograph was announced.

He enthused: "A dozen years ago I sent out a handful of winners from my own gallops in Bedfordshire but this is the first success I've had since renewing my licence earlier this year.

"We don't really know how good she is, but there were plenty of whispers in the race and it looked a decent field."

nRod Millman continued his spate of fine form when Polish Spirit caused another upset under Michael Fenton in the seven-furlong maiden.

Millman whose charge was rounding off an across-the-card double sparked by Diablo Dancer at Lingfield in the afternoon, had news of his stable star Lord Kintyre, who was ill at ease over the six furlongs of Newmarket's July Cup.

He explained: "He didn't see out the six furlongs in that class and will now be given a five week break.

"After that we'll keep him to the minimum distance and try to pick up a Listed race in order to boost his confidence."

nThe talents of apprentice Neil Callan have been voiced by many a trainer this season,and Paul Eccles became the latest as he praised the rider's handling of Java Shrine in the selling handicap.

Eccles enthused: "We've had a good few bob on this horse today and I was very impressed with Neil's riding of him.

"It's never easy when you're perched in the one box in a big field here, but Neil always had him in the correct place.

"He rides well and is worth 7lb to anyone. He'll go places."

nThere was a stamina doubt about 20-1 shot High Jinks in the staying handicap, but Bill Preece's gelding answered the calls of his rider Nicky Adams to hold Tereyna. High Jinks is by High Estate, the sire of Vodafone Derby winner High-Rise.

nThe card ended with Brian Meehan's Yulara showing that she had been unlucky at Catterick last week as she turned the seven-furlong fillies' handicap into a procession under Michael Tebbutt.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 13, 1998
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