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Spifer (right) grabs the prize

Marco Botti could finally have tamed the wayward Spifer as the grey picked up the William Hill iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini Handicap at Kempton.

When in the hands of Newmarket's other Italian trainer, Luca Cumani, Spifer had shown plenty of potential, but threw away several opportunities by ducking to the left.

Andrea Atzeni rode the 9-2 shot cautiously behind a sedate pace carved out by Aquilonius, sneaking into the lead up the inside with a furlong to run and having just enough to hold off Greylami by a short head.

"We learned a lot from his second run for us and I told Andrea to take his time and not be in a hurry," said Botti.

"I bought him at the horses in training sale last year as I thought he had ability. Hopefully this win will give him some confidence. I think he won with a bit in hand and he was never going to win by far.

"There are a few more class two and three handicaps on the all-weather so I would think we will keep him going."

Willy Twiston-Davies diverted to Kempton for a winner aboard Welsh Inlet (5-1) in the William Hill No.1 Downloaded Betting App Handicap.

John Bridger had booked Sean Levey for the mount on his experienced mare, but Twiston-Davies became available when Lingfield was called off and he pushed her out three-quarters of a length clear of Katmai River.

Bridger said: "Willy normally rides her and his 5lb claim is a big help. The surface is riding slower and I think it helped her as she won on the soft at Brighton in the summer.

"I have her in here tomorrow as well, I probably won't run her but I'll see how she is."

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