Spifer's victory in the feature handicap at Kempton is unlikely to rank highly in Marco Botti's career achievements, but he was still grateful the prize was on offer at all.
It was a minor surprise to see one of the rising stars of the sport braving the snow for the only British meeting left on Saturday, and he could have more rewarding days yet with a horse who arrived at his yard with a dubious reputation.
With all but the strip of Polytrack covered by a white blanket, it was rather appropriate to see an all-grey finish to the William Hill iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini Handicap as Spifer (9-2) held Greylami by a short head, with Noble Silk just half a length behind in third.
When in the hands of Newmarket's other Italian-born trainer, Luca Cumani, Spifer had shown plenty of potential, but threw away several winning opportunities by ducking to the left, and this was his first taste of victory since shedding his maiden tag in the spring of 2011.
Andrea Atzeni rode him cautiously behind a sedate pace carved out by Aquilonius, sneaking into the lead up the inside with a furlong remaining.
"This is enjoyable," said Botti with a chuckle. "The snow hasn't been too much of a problem in Newmarket and we've been able to work as normal."
Of Spifer, he said: "We learned a lot from his second run for us and I told Andrea to take his time. I think he won with a bit left 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."
John Bridger reported difficulties with the weather at his Liphook base, but at least he was able to use Willy Twiston-Davies, who had been booked for the abandoned meeting at Lingfield but diverted to replace Sean Levey on Welsh Inlet (5-1) to land the William Hill No.1 Downloaded Betting App Handicap.
The trainer said: "I rang them three times to see if it was on today as we're quite high up and I was worried about driving through the lanes. 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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Charlie Appleby wary of more rain for Curragh-bound Skiffle
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Ulysses and Foundation ready for action in Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor
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Jack Hobbs pleasing John Gosden as he nears return to action
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Sylvester Kirk aiming high with Solario runner-up Salouen
Disqualification of Any Currency makes Martin Keighley determined for success
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Alexios Komnenos on course for Churchill rematch in National Stakes
Almanzor on Irish Champion trail
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Newmarket uphill gallops plan announced by Jockey Club Estates
Harry Dunlop issues Robin Of Navan St Leger advisory
John Gosden calls time on To Eternity season
Martin Keighley to learn fate over Any Currency substance test
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Ryan Moore to return with Newmarket mount on Friday
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Qemah on course for Matron date
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24 August 2016Conqueress rules at Lingfield for Tom Dascombe and Deva Racing
Amy Murphy set to join training ranks
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Ben Pauling mapping out novice chase campaign with Barters Hill
Michael Dods expecting Easton Angel to blossom in 2017
Racing mourns death of 'voice of the north' Tom O'Ryan
Jim Crowley keeps up title-chase momentum
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Ulysses set for Winter Hill test at Windsor
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Dancing Star connections consider Haydock riding options
Postponed team eyeing Breeders' Cup bid after Arc run
Roger Varian plotting QEII route with Belardo
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Adam Brickell to leave British Horseracing Authority
Champagne date possible for York victor Rivet
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Prix de l'Abbaye the main goal for Michael Dods and York heroine Mecca's Angel
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Kieren Fallon 'doing great' and riding out in Newmarket