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From work experience to the winner’s enclosure: apprentice wins feature in his first race on turf *H&H Plus*


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  • The teenager only found out he was riding in the feature race at Doncaster five days earlier...

    THE traditional curtain-raiser to the summer Flat season, the £100,000 Unibet Lincoln at Doncaster, was won by a teenage jockey riding in his first race on the turf.

    The 18-year-old apprentice, Benoit de la Sayette, produced a masterful performance aboard the John and Thady Gosden-trained Haqeeqy to produce a “fairytale” finish and launch what looks set to be a stellar career as a jockey.

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    Read this story, plus Amy Mathieson’s report from the Dubai World Cup and Marcus Armytage’s analysis of the action from Newbury, in this Thursday’s issue of the magazine (1 April, 2021)

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