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Bradley wakes up

A win on Foxtrot Romeo at Fontwell yesterday gave Graham Bradley scant compensation for losing the ride on Alderbrook, the favourite for the Champion Hurdle.

Bradley has forfeited his partnership with Alderbrook because he failed to turn up to exercise him at Kim Bailey's yard on Sunday morning. The alarm had failed to go off, the jockey said later.

"Poor old Brad. He needed that to get his confidence back," said Miriam Francome, representing Foxtrot Romeo's trainer, Charlie Brooks.