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Late substitution can't stop Stormbound

THERE was a dramatic twist to the success of Stormbound in the mile handicap at Kempton on Thursday evening.

Paul Cole's runner, backed at 16-1 in the morning, landed the gamble into 13-2 on course but not ridden by Raul Da Silva, who weighed out before complaining he felt unwell in the paddock.

"He actually fainted," revealed Oliver Cole, son and assistant to winning trainer Paul Cole.

Martin Lane - Jockey

Martin Lane: quick off the mark

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

He added: "He said he'd lost 2lb earlier to ride at eight stone in the previous race."

Officials acted quickly and Cole dashed into the weighing room looking for a replacement, where he found a willing substitute in Martin Lane.

It all ended well for connections as Lane was at his strongest to force Stormbound up by a head to beat Byroness.

"I was quickest on my feet to get the ride," Lane joked after his dramatic success.


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