Alan Swinbank’s partner has poignant first winner

By Jo Scott

A poignant first winner was sent out by trainer Sally Haynes in the National Hunt flat race (bumper) at Market Rasen yesterday.

Leighton Aspell partnered Brecon Hill to the victory.

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Sally has been granted the licence at the Melsonby yard of the late Alan Swinbank, whose sudden death last week shocked the racing world.

Sally was Alan’s assistant and partner.

This winner was her second runner and the Lincolnshire spectators clapped it into the winner’s circle.

The horse was 11/10 favourite.

Sally earlier told the Racing Post follow the death of the trainer: “He was a hard man but he was very fair and hard-working.

“I know he was an awkward devil at times but he loved his job and was good at it. He always loved horses and had a decent eye for a horse.”