Spiridon Louis was shaping as the only danger, yet Westmead Aoifa
finished in front of the TV Trophy hero when the pair were second and third in the semi.
Stayer: Directors Chair, Foulden Special, Go Edie Honda, Lenson Joker, Vatican Jinky, Westmead Aoifa
. Marathon: Princessmonalulu, Westmead Aoifa
The other semi saw Westmead Liz provide Nick Savva some compensation for Westmead Aoifa
's absence as she made all in 43.07sec.
's Romford Gold Cup, worth a cool pounds 10,000, ought to see her feature in a section where the names might be few but the competition is fierce.
Butterbridge Ali, only marginally slower than Westmead Aoifa
when making all in his heat, goes in the opener at 8.10 and is also tough to get away from, but the 8.24 is more competitive although Ballymac Weeshie should get first run on Romford Car Two.
Other finals on the card were won by Westmead Aoifa
(Gold Cup) and Horseshoe Ping (Classic Shield), while Ian Reilly's Pretty Fantasy won the closing 750m race in 47.76sec, setting a 24.10sec record split on the way.
(43.10sec) and Butterbridge Ali (43.13sec) went quickest in Sunday's heats of the 680m Tom Fruit Coventry St Leger.
THE final Category One race of the year gets under way at Coventry tonight in the shape of the pounds 10,000 Tom Fruit St Leger over 680m, and it looks a good opportunity for more silverware for Westmead Aoifa
The pounds 5,000 Romford Classic Shield was won by the Jim Reynolds-trained, John and Pam Desmond-owned Horseshoe Ping, while the Nick Savva-trained, Raymond Gee-owned Westmead Aoifa
, second to Eye On the Veto is last year's Essex Vase, won the pounds 10,000 Romford Gold Cup.
(7-4), runnerup to Eye Onthe Veto in the 2006 Essex Vase, got her own name on a trophy this time around with a runaway victory in the pounds 10,000 Romford Gold Cup over 750m.
The other pounds 10,000 decider on the card, the Romford Gold Cup over 750m at 9.25, also looks relatively straightforward on the evidence of the clock, with Vieris Surprise having an advantage after her impressive performance in the heat of the round last week when she left Westmead Aoifa
and Spiridon Louis in her wake.
MONDAY'S much-trumpeted clash between Spiridon Louis and Westmead Aoifa
failed to burst into fanfare, partly due to the brilliance of Vieris Surprise.