Racing: Eddery the sandman in pursuit of a century

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HEAVENLY MISS would be an appropriate horse to become Pat Eddery's 100th winner of the season at Southwell today. The mare is one of five booked rides for the Irishman as he chases the one victory he needs to keep up his remarkable sequence of centuries.

The 11-time champion jockey, who had a double at Wolverhampton on Saturday, is attempting to reach 100 for the 26th time in the past 27 years.

"He's got five rides tomorrow and some good chances - but we thought he would have got the 100 at Wolverhampton," Eddery's agent, Mike Hawkett, said yesterday.

Kieren Fallon, this year's champion, scored a treble on Sight First, Air Force One and Smart Kid at Sha Tin at the weekend, but his day was spoiled by a ban and a substantial fine.

The Hong Kong stewards found Fallon guilty of careless riding on Air Force One, banning him from 25 November to 4 December, and then fined him pounds 3,879 (HK$50,000) for failing to ride the fourth-placed Johan Cruyff out to the finish in another race.