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Horse RACING: Norton completes Haydock double; WIMBLEDON 2006.


TRAINER Andrew Balding and jockey Francis Norton teamed up to good effect at Haydock, notching a 31.5-1 double courtesy of Generosia and Banknote.

The former kicked off the brace when obliging at odds of 4-1 in the opening Haydock Park Badgeholders Club Fillies' Handicap.

Norton went to the front with two furlongs to run and Generosia looked to have the race in safekeeping only for Patxaran to get a second wind.

Generosia dug deep to prevail by a head with Spring Dream in third. Balding was represented by his assistant, former jump jockey Chris Bonner, who said: "It is pleasing that she has won a race now and we may try and look for some black type.

"Franny gave her a lovely ride, although he said he may have been better if he had waited another furlong before he went because she idled a bit in front."

The decision to re-route Banknote from Sandown paid off when he claimed the one-mile Dalkia Handicap for a second successive year.

Balding had considered waiting for the weekend with the Queen's colt but opted to head north again and it looked a good move when Banknote took it up over a furlong out.

He stayed on to beat Mutawaffer by one and a half lengths, although he edged left and hampered the runner-up inside the final furlong.

The stewards decided the interference was due to careless riding by Norton and suspended him for one day (July 17).

Norton said: "One day is not too bad - we can usually do with a day off now and again and it gives you chance to have a day with the family.

"I rode a horse of Richard Hannon's for Her Majesty but that one was beaten and then I won on Banknote.

"I had had one more ride for her before today which didn't win so it was good that my old pal Banknote did the trick for me."

Bonner added: "Banknote did it well and I think we will probably look for some black type for him now too."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 7, 2006
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