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IF any trainer had been in need of a lift over the week­end, it was An­thony Honey­ball. The Dorset ris­ing star had been due to tune up his RSA Chase hope Foun­tains Wind­fall at War­wick only to lose his sev­en­time win­ner in a freak ac­ci­dent on the eve of the race.

“We were just do­ing a bit of light school­ing and Jabeena Maslin, who is a bit of a lo­cal le­gend from showjump­ing, came to help,” said Honey­ball, who runs Potwell Farm Sta­bles with wife Rachael Green. “He was fine the first time and the se­cond time he ba­si­cally slipped to the floor and was dead. There’s not much you can do about that. It turned out he had mas­sive in­ter­nal bleed­ing. I said to a vet that if we’d trot­ted him up an hour ear­lier, I’m sure he’d have been ab­so­lutely fine. It’s such as shame; I’m a glass half-empty per­son but there was ab­so­lutely noth­ing to con­cern you about go­ing to Chel­tenham, I’d have been very con­fi­dent.”

The dis­ap­point­ment was leav­ened some­what by the per­for­mance of Acey Milan (pic­tured), who took New­bury’s Listed bumper by 11 lengths.

The geld­ing car­ries the colours of the Own­ers 4 Own­ers syn­di­cate and with one mem­ber, Paul Davies, al­ready a vi­ral sen­sa­tion af­ter his cel­e­bra­tions from Acey Milan’s win at Chel­tenham on New Year’s Day, there could be some mem­o­rable scenes if he were to fol­low up in March.

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