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Web weaves his magic.

Byline: By Robert Pratt

Intricate Web has been a good servant to the Eric Alston yard ever since the Preston-based trainer bought him six years ago and the gelding took his tally to 14 career wins at Ripon yesterday.

His prospects in the Galphay Classified Stakes looked bleak as Dave Allan scrubbed the nine-year-old along in the straight but the young jockey's perseverance paid off.

The 13-8 favourite got into top gear and collared long-time leader Weet A Head inside the final furlong to land the spoils by a length.

Alston said: "He makes hard work of it but he's done it and that's the main thing.

"Dave rides him well. He knows to keep at him and the horse just keeps pulling a bit more out.

"He's won 14 now. His first seven wins were all over seven furlongs but he's a mile and a quarter horse now.

"He's been a great horse and he's been great to train."

Willie Supple rode to a 71-1 double on Dancer's Serenade and Partners In Jazz.

A change of tactics paid dividends for the former when Tom Tate's gelding bolted up in the Sawley Handicap.

The three-year-old hung left when finishing second after being held up on his reappearance at Redcar ago but it was a different story here as Supple sent the 8-1 chance straight into the lead in the 10-furlong contest.

Supple, however, had to be at his strongest to get Partners In Jazz up on the line in the Nick Wilmot-Smith Memorial Handicap.

"I'd like to look at some of the big sprint handicaps for him now," said trainer David Barron.

"We would possibly be thinking of those races later in the year like the Ayr Gold Cup or something like that if the ground came for him."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 25, 2005
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