Heartbreak as valuation denied £100,000 Sky Bet Sunday Series bonus

The Sky Bet Sunday Series ended in exciting fashion as Rating was denied a £100,000 bonus by a nose in a photo-finish in the final race at Sandown.

The sponsors set up the six-figure bonus for any horse that could win three times in the Sky Bet Sunday Series and Keith Dalgeish’s horse prepared for a crack at the pot by winning at York and Musselburgh.

He hit the front inside the final quarter mile but wandered under Jason Hart which allowed William Jarvis’ Duke of Verona to rise in a frantic climax under Cieren Fallon.

The four-year-old, who joined Dalgleish from Sir Michael Stoute for 30,000 gns last October after being owned by the Queen, recouped that expense by winning four of his six starts for the stable, including those all-important handicaps from the Sunday series. in York and Musselburgh which allowed connections to fetch the £100,000.

Sky Bet spokesman Michael Shinners said: “I’m absolutely sick for them, it was so close. Keith Dalgleish’s team were huge supporters of the Sky Bet Sunday Series.

“It at least shows that the bonus is winnable. The Sunday Series was a real success, the field sizes were brilliant and everyone enjoyed it.”

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