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Carroll's Waving gamble pays dividends

TONY CARROLL defied the inclement weather hampering operations at his Worcestershire stable by landing a bit of a gamble at Lingfield.

Although hamstrung by the snow in the Cropthorne area, Carroll is always to be respected when money comes for his horses and the ex-Irish gelding Waving was backed into 9-2 from around 6-1 for the Lingfield Park Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Waving might have done little in a juvenile hurdle and two outings on the Flat since leaving John Oxx in the summer but his trainer revealed his breathing had subsequently been corrected and he produced a powerful burst for Luke Morris to collect by two and three-quarter lengths from Story Writer.

"We brought him over from Ireland and he just had a wind operation, which probably helped," said Carroll.

"He was bought to go hurdling and I think he could be quite a nice dual-purpose horse."

Carroll went on: "We have been struggling with the weather, we couldn't do anything so we took a few over to Wolverhampton to work three or four days ago."

Morris later took the Blue Square Bet Handicap on Al's Memory (3-1), where Hayley Turner was unplaced on her first ride since undergoing an ankle operation in November.

Stuart Williams had to bid goodbye to Paphos, who has been an excellent money-spinner for the yard.

After making it three straight wins on the Surrey Polytrack in nine days in the Bet On Your Mobile At bluesq.com Claiming Stakes, the 6-4 favourite was bought by Charlie Hills for £6,000.

"He has won five times in less than a year but would only have won 10 or 11 grand in that time, so it's a sad state of affairs," said Williams.

Keene's Pointe (7-4 favourite) provided a nice performance after a 132-day break in the Play Golf At Lingfield Marriott Maiden Stakes.

Trainer John Hills said: "He missed his last bit of work, which was a worry, but he doesn't seem to be blowing much and we'll probably give him one more run then bring him back for the summer."

Broxbourne (6-1) avenged her luckless recent outing at Wolverhampton by lifting the Dean Wilson Family Funeral Directors Handicap, while Robert Tart again showed why he has been receiving such rave reviews with a stylish ride on Amis Reunis (9-4 favourite) in the Get Straight To The Bet At bluesq.com Apprentice Handicap.

Another pair having a productive winter campaign are trainer George Margarson and Storm Runner (5-2 favourite), who bounced off the home bend to pip Super Duplex in the lingfieldpark.co.uk Handicap.