Racing: Bradley dozes past deadline

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The Independent Online
TAKING a quick nap cost Graham Bradley a winner, a wasted journey and a pounds 100 fine at Worcester yesterday.

'I was here an hour and a half before racing and I had a doze in the car,' Bradley said. 'When I woke up I was a minute late to weigh out. It's very unfortunate but I gather Steve Cauthen once did the same thing at Haydock.'

Bradley hardly had time to wipe the sleep from his eyes before he was on his way home again, having travelled there for only one mount, Macedonas, who won the novice chase. Charlie Brooks, the gelding's trainer, recruited Simon McNeill for Macedonas. The substitute produced a virtuoso display after losing a stirrup for several strides after a mistake at the third fence, hitting the eighth, and surviving the worst error at the third last.