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Bell rings true for Twiston-Davies

Wed, 27 June 2012
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Willy Twiston-Davies enjoyed the biggest victory of his burgeoning Flat racing career in the Lloyd Motor Group Carlisle Bell.

The teenage son of trainer Nigel has jump racing in his blood, winning last year's Fox Hunters' Chase at Aintree, but is spending his summer trying the other code and is based with Richard Hannon.

Twiston-Davies' 7lb claim was used by Alan McCabe to partner top weight Levitate (18-1) in this ancient handicap and got the recent Doncaster winner up in the final strides to pass Toto Skyllachy by a short head.

"I thought I'd just got up. He travelled well for me and picked up when I asked him to," said Twiston-Davies.

"When the gap opened up he was tough enough to go through it. It's going really well, if my weight stays good I'll stay on the Flat. We'll see how I am in August or September. I eat three meals a day and I'm getting the rides, that's the main thing. I came here today for one ride and it paid off."

The jumping theme continued in the totepool.com Cumberland Plate, which went to former National Hunt jockey Graham Lee and Lexi's Boy.

Another decent Flat prize for Donald McCain, the 9-4 favourite had won his last three races over hurdles and was always in front, eventually passing the post a length and three-quarters clear.

Lee said: "I spoke to Donald this morning, he was as hopeful as he could be, and the horse has delivered. Everything is in the right place with this horse."

Jockey Tom Eaves could take many of the plaudits for Michael Dod's middle-distance handicapper Lady Chaparral (5-1) successfully dropping back to a mile in the Lloyd Ltd Carlisle Bell Consolation Race.

He told Racing UK: "Me and Paul (Mulrennan) have both ridden her plenty - she's not been the easiest at home but she stayed really well and it suited. She can be a little bit free-going and we thought with the ground as it is, a mile would suit, and she's just outstayed them."

Bloodstock Al: @DanBriden Guess today will tell whether he takes in the Guineas; a prominent show + they may be tempted but otherwise you may well be right
Bloodstock Al: @DanBriden Suspect a good few of these will want further than a mile. Moonvoy has a sharper pedigree and could run into a place.
Bloodstock Al: @DanBriden @lucacumani Yes hoping he might turn out to be a Derby horse and maybe take in the Guineas en route #bestDerbytrial
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