Bolton ends long wait for a double

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John Bolton, the Wiltshire trainer, celebrated his first double for 28 years at Fontwell yesterday. Daring King (20-1) and Durrington (25-1) showed their liking for the mud to stun the punters as they recorded a 545-1 double.

Daring King set the ball rolling for Bolton - who at one time held the licence for Oriel Sinclair when women were not allowed to train under their own name - when winning the Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle by a neck from Woodlands Boy.

The day was capped for the Bolton family when Durrington made virtually all for Philip Hide in the Wally Coomes Novice Handicap Chase, to beat Colonel Colt by 10 lengths.

Bolton's wife Sally led up Durrington, who was adjudged the best turned out for the race and awarded pounds 25. "She went and put it on our horse - so she has had a good day at 25-1," her husband said.