Haggas Forgets to Saddle Correctly

Lavazza, a manufacturer of coffee products, sponsored the feature but the £75,000 handicap had a bitter end for top trainer William Haggas despite him winning the race with Chalk Stream.

Haggas was set to enjoy a one-two, but his rider Adam Farragher weighed in light after Haggas failed to saddle the son of Kingman correctly.

Candleford was disqualified, which meant promotion to second for 50-1 shot True Courage, while Champagne Piaff was third.

Haggas had been floating on cloud nine after watching yard favourite Hamish win at Kempton and then seeing Chalk Stream, who runs in the colours of the Queen, bolt up, but he was quickly brought back down to earth.

William Haggas: "I've never done it before and certainly won't do it again"
William Haggas: "I've never done it before and certainly won't do it again"
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"I didn't put the saddle cloth on," he said. "I forgot to put it on. I put everything else on, but I didn't put the weight cloth on.

"It had 5lb of lead in it so Adam weighed out 5lb light. It's a mistake – we don't do it deliberately. I've never done it before and certainly won't do it again. There we go, these things happen."

Haggas, fined £1,000 for his actions, would not even let the fact he had two runners explain his error.

"The other horse was saddled in the stable so that's no excuse – I've no excuse, I made a mistake."

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Haggas trains Candleford for Barnane Stud and had apologised to connections over the phone.

"It's trainer error," he added. "I unfortunately left the weight cloth on the travelling head lad's bag instead of putting it on the horse so no wonder he ran so well. It'll be interesting to see what the handicapper does because with 5lb more he probably would have been eighth.

"It's a disaster and I'm mortified, but what can I do? As soon as Adam came out and told me he weighed in 5lb light and there was no weight cloth, and I knew there was only one person to blame and that's me."

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