Racing: Saddled and confused

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RACING NARROWLY avoided its second embarrassing mix-up inside a week at Haydock yesterday. Five days after the wrong Jack Berry-trained horse ran at Hamilton, Bryan McMahon came perilously close to confusing his two runners in a handicap at the Lancashire course.

He transposed the saddles on his pair, General Klaire and Ra Ra Rasputin, but his mistake came to light as jockeys John Egan and Kieren Fallon prepared to board. Had it not been spotted the pair would have been disqualified for carrying the wrong weight.

The two horses were re-saddled and the race was run with General Klaire finishing sixth and Ra Ra Rasputin 14th.

n A new racecourse scheme for East London was unveiled yesterday by the property developer Wiggins Group. Planned for a site at Fairlop, the track would require the BHB to allocate fixtures for it to be viable.

RICHARD EDMONDSON

Nap: Swynford Dream

(Ascot 2.30)

NB: Premier Generation

(Ascot 3.05)

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