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Punters suffer after final flight mishaps; TAUNTON.

Byline: Andrew King

PUNTERS paid the price in bizarre circumstances as two odds-on favourites - King's Legacy and Whistlejacquet - attempted to run out and get rid of their riders at the final flight of each division of the 2m3f novice hurdle.

First up was 4-6 chance King's Legacy who was around two lengths clear and still going well until ducking to his left and unshipping Nick Scholfield, before actually jumping the hurdle, and handing the prize on a plate to stablemate Organisateur.

Then in the following race, Whistlejacquet, a 4-9 shot, was in command when crashing through the wing of the same hurdle, hurtling Wayne Hutchinson to the floor and leaving Kateal in front to take the spoils.

Hutchinson was soon back on his feet and said: "I cannot see why it should happen - all I can think of is the sun reflecting off some cars parked nearby is putting them off, or the fact there is a small gap between the hurdle and the outside running rail."

Clerk of the course Michael Trickey said: "Fortunately the BHA's senior inspector of racecourses Richard Linley is here. We have had a good look at the hurdle and the layout of the course and there does not seem to be any obvious or apparent reason for it."

Organisateur's owner Angela Tincknell said: "Whether he would have won if the other horse had not tried to refuse I don't know, but he has now won his two races since we bought him so that cannot be bad."

Hutchinson and trainer Alan King had earlier enjoyed better luck with Junior in the novice chase. The Paul Green owned sevenyear-old mastered Recif De Thaix by three lengths.

King's assistant Noel Williams said: "He is his own man but he had a going day today. He looked enthusiastic for much of the race and has really dug in from the home turn when the runner-up came at him."

Drybrook Bedouin proved the answer to the hunter chase as he kept on too strongly for Doof, while City Heights, ridden by conditional Anthony Freeman, landed the 2m3f handicap hurdle.

Hammer came under the hammer following his victory in the selling hurdle, but was retained without a bid and Chris Down's Josear made a lot of the running to take the 2m3f handicap chase.

Star performance The Robert and Sally Alner team for having Kateal fit enough to win after a 444-day layoff
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 9, 2010
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