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Findlay not responsible for Heir To Be gamble

Trainer Andrew Haynes

Andrew Haynes: 'a terrible race'

  PICTURE: Jon Winter  

IT emerged on Saturday that heavy hitting gambler Harry Findlay, who lives next door to Bath trainer Andrew Haynes, was not the man behind the successful plunge on the stable's Heir To Be in a selling hurdle at Folkestone on Friday.

On Betfair, Heir To Be was responsible for £200,000 of the £300,000 traded at one stage, and he was well backed on course, with odds tumbling from 7-4 to 5-4, including two bets of £1,400-£800.

Explaining the gamble on Saturday, Haynes said:"It was a terrible race, and he had dropped down the handicap. He is owned by 67 members of the Staverton Owners Group who, via their organiser Michael Blake, all got the same message at midday that if Heir To Be was to win a race, this was his  day. Thankfully he got the job done, but he'd be no good thing to follow up!"

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