Snooker: Maguire warns Trump: Do not repeat my mistakes


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Stephen Maguire, a former UK Championship winner, is hoping the game's latest exciting prospect, Judd Trump, will not let the trappings of his new-found success go to his head.

Trump shot to fame last season when he reached the World Championship final in Sheffield and won the China Open, his first ranking title. The 22-year-old treated himself to a new sports car and has found plenty of female admirers. But ahead of the pair's UK Championship quarter-final today in York, Maguire – who made his professional breakthrough at a similar age to Trump – warned: "I got a cheque for £70,000 [for winning the 2004 UK title] and enjoyed it. I enjoyed it a bit too much and it took me a couple of years to get back on track. That was my problem. Hopefully Judd doesn't fall into that trap."

In yesterday's action, Ricky Walden moved into the quarter-finals with a surprise 6-3 victory over Mark Williams, while Shaun Murphy held off a Martin Gould fightback to win 6-4 and set up a meeting with Walden.