Naughton stabilisessuccess

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Joe Naughton's Epsom stable collected pounds 10,000 at Sandown yesterday for winning the eight- race Weatherbys 'Newcomers' series. The prize, pounds 6,000 for himself and pounds 4,000 for his eight staff, is restricted to trainers licensed since 1991.

Naughton saddled Comanche Companion to take the contest's final race yesterday. "We'd won the prize before today but we thought we'd do it in style,'' the trainer said.

Until yesterday Naughton had not saddled a winner in Britain for 41 days, but the cross-Channel exploits of Hever Golf Rose have overshadowed that. The mare won another Group Three prize at Chantilly on Monday.

"I can't think of a horse that has won in five different countries in a season, Sweden, Italy, France, Germany and England," he added.

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