Alicante is Ripon Champion

Bryan Smart achieved a notable double when Alicante Dawn won the Longines Irish Champions Weekend EBF Ripon Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy.

Bryan Smart, trainer of Alicante Dawn

Having already landed the Great St Wilfrid with Nameitwhatyoulike earlier in the month, Hambleton-based Smart has now claimed the two feature races at the North Yorkshire track.

Despite being drawn widest of all, Connor Beasley bounced his mount out and grabbed the rail, showing plenty of early speed.

He never saw another rival, with favourite Kodiline finding disappointingly little, and the 7-2 chance beat Private Matter by two and a quarter lengths.

"I've just been informed that I'm the first trainer to win this and the Wilfrid in 27 years," said Smart.

"What with Alpha Delphini winning the Bullet on Saturday, we've had a great month.

"This lad hasn't been a bad buy for £5,000 has he? If he never wins again he doesn't owe us anything.

"We'll go for the Mill Reef now, he's earned a crack at that, we were testing the water today and he's passed with flying colours.

"I couldn't believe how easy he found it all, Connor said he gave him two cracks just to make him concentrate as he was dossing a bit."

Beasley said: "We've always thought a bit of him at home, even very early in the year, but he's just gone from strength to strength.

"I got a soft enough lead and took advantage of it.

"I got the feeling he was just doing what he had to do, there was plenty left."

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