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Justanotherbottle fills Great St Wilfrid void for Ryan

Justanotherbottle provided Kevin Ryan with a first ever win in the William Hill Great St Wilfrid at Ripon.

Ryan, who made his name earlier in his career by winning big sprint handicaps like the Ayr Gold Cup, had surprisingly failed to land the biggest race of the season at one of his local tracks.

The Hambleton handler reached for the blinkers for the first time for the seven-year-old, and they clearly worked the oracle after a few recent below-par runs.

A winner of the Catterick Dash off 96 last season, his marked had dropped to 92 after six winless runs this season and he barely saw another rival.

Drawn near the rail, his case was helped when habitual front-runner Abate stumbled coming out of the stalls.

That allowed Kevin Stott to grab the rail on the 18-1 chance and from there he could control the race, kicking clear with a furlong to run.

The favourite Lampang, one of six runners for Tim Easterby, and stablemate and last year’s winner Staxton led the pursuit on the far side – but Justanotherbottle was always in command.

Stott was able to ease off close home and he came a length and a half clear of Golden Apollo, another Easterby runner, with Gale Force Maya and Intrinsic Bond taking minor honours.

Ryan was absent at a wedding, but Stott said: “He’s come down the handicap a bit, but he’s a little bit older and wiser now.

“He had blinkers on for the first time and this performance shows he’s still got it.

“I think the blinkers were a big part of it, given he’s older and wiser, so he needed a bit of help. But he’s shown he’s still got plenty of ability.

“He jumped really well and we had a good draw anyway, sometimes the first-time blinkers give them a bit of a shock and they really travel and he’s done that today.”

He went on: “Inside the two-furlong pole I was still on the bridle and these sprinters, when on song, they are very fast and he’s shown plenty of speed today.

“We’ll have a word with connections to see where he goes and I’m delighted for Mr (Steve) Ryan who is a big supporter of mine.”

Ryan, who owns the winner in partnership with Martin Tedham, said: “He was a very cheap horse when I bought him and he’s been an absolute hero.

“I’ve got two runners in the Gimcrack this week, Gis A Sub and Spitting Feathers, so it could be a big few days.

“I retired in March, I went to the sales and spent more than I should have, the last of which was Gis A Sub, hence his name! He could turn out the best, though.”

Mr Wagyu on course for Great St Wilfrid test

John Quinn’s improving sprinter Mr Wagyu has been given the all-clear to add to his laurels in the William Hill Great St Wilfrid at Ripon on Saturday.

The six-year-old began the season with a rating of 70 on May 1 and his win at Goodwood last time out has seen him put up to a career high mark of 99.

Goodwood was his fifth win of the season, and a 13th in all, and Quinn now has his sights set on the highlight of the season at Ripon.

“We’re happy with him, he’s come out of Goodwood very well and we’re intending to run him,” said the Malton handler.

“This horse was a nice horse in his younger days but then he lost his way a bit. He’s come back better than ever this season.

“Of course it gives you great satisfaction when that happens, it’s great for everyone in the yard – the lads and the lasses have done a great job looking after him.

“I don’t know where it’s come from, this improvement. He wintered well and we were happy with him but I never thought he’d do what he’s done – but we’re delighted.”