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Independents' Day

GP's filly hits £1 million jackpot

What started as a 'bit of fun' has turned into a £1 million-plus goldmine for Dr Tom Davies after his horse won the 1,000 Guineas.

Dr Davies, a GP in Hillingdon, London, watched in delight as three-year-old filly Speciosa romped home in the race, one of the five 'classics' in the UK horse racing calendar, last weekend.

He said: 'It was a dream come true. We're just the little people in racing taking on the might of multi-millionaires.'

Dr Davies and two co-owners paid £30,000 for the filly last year. They were offered $1 million for her even before Sunday's race and she is now worth over £1 million.

The prize for winning the 1,000 Guineas was £189,000, but Dr Davies said patients had also shared in his success after dozens backed it at around 10-1. The GP said the bookmakers opposite his surgery had to close early on Monday after it ran out of money.

Dr Davies said: 'We're just hoping to find another big race to win with her.'

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