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Saturday, 14 September, 2002, 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK
Local hope Eric wins Leger
Kevin Darley rides Bollin Eric to victory
Kevin Darley rides Bollin Eric to victory
Yorkshire emerged triumphant in the Rothmans Royals St Leger at Doncaster as 7-1 shot Bollin Eric produced a superb finish to overhaul favourite Bandari.

The Tim Easterby-trained colt, ridden by Kevin Darley, became the first horse based in the county to win the 1m 6f classic since Peleid in 1973.


It's like a fairytale
Winning trainer Tim Easterby
Bandari, who went off at 13-8, made the early running along with Mr Dinos and the two disputed the lead until the final four furlongs.

But as Bandari appeared to take up the running, Bollin Eric raced past his Yorkshire rival to lead two furlongs out, and only Highest at 10-1 was able to get close.

Bandari finished third, while second-favourite Balakheri, whose price had drifted in the half-hour before the off, trailed in well behind.

Balakheri's trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, still without a St Leger win said that the horse was not happy with the conditions

"Pat [Eddery] reported the ground was just too fast for Balakheri," Stoute explained.

Joy for winners

However, there was no hiding the joy of the winning connections.

Easterby, having just trained his first Classic winner, said it was "like a fairytale."

It was also a first British Classic winner for Darley.

"It is a fabulous feeling to have won a St Leger," said the English jockey.

"When I got to Bandari I knew he would fight on, but luckily we had enough left to see him off, and though Highest was coming back at us at the end it was all over by then."

Bollin Eric was bred at home by his owners Sir Neil and Lady Westbrook, who have had horses with the Easterby family for 40 years.

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