Racing: Sarayir lands a gamble for Hern

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Dick Hern produced the filly Sarayir, who has one of the best pedigrees in racing, in peak condition to land an old fashioned gamble in the Virginia Rated Handicap at Newcastle yesterday afternoon.

Sarayir, who is a half-sister to the Lambourn trainer's 1989 2,000 Guineas, Derby and Eclipse Stakes winner Nashwan, was backed from 10-1 with the Tote in the morning to 4-1 favourite. She scraped home by a short-head from the fast-finishing Delilah in the Listed contest.

The Tote's spokesman, Rob Hartnett, admitted to being "somewhat disappointed" with the Jackpot pool at Newcastle which failed to reach expectations, finishing at pounds 211,081.19 with less than pounds 64,000 added to the pool yesterday.

But after a series of shock results, culminating in Bobbydazzle's 25- 1 success in the Newcastle Exhibition Ale Blaydon Race, all Jackpot bets had gone down by the end of the fourth race.

The Jackpot now heads to Ripon this afternoon where a total pool in the region of pounds 350,000 to pounds 400,000 is anticipated by the Tote.

The jockey Chris Rutter was banned for four days by the stewards at Warwick. Rutter was found to be guilty of careless riding on board the Bryn Palling- trained Haroldon, which finished first past the post in the SSAFA Selling Stakes beating Guesstimation, trained by Jeff Pearce and ridden by Gary Bardwell, by half a length.

The Warwick officials awarded the race to Guesstimation, demoting Haroldon to second place, and suspended Rutter from 3 to 6 September.

At Chepstow, Warren O'Connor picked up a four-day suspension, 3 to 6 September, for irresponsible riding on First Village, who finished third (demoted to fourth) behind Eleventh Duke in the South Wales Argus Nursery Handicap. First Village was demoted after the stewards found O'Connor had tried to squeeze through a gap over a furlong out and hampered Dim Ots.

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