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Bentley in philosophical mood at Lightning switch

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Harry Bentley was in philosophical mood at Qatar Racing’s decision to engage Olivier Peslier for Lightning Thunder in the Coronation Stakes.

Bentley is second jockey behind Jamie Spencer to Pearl Bloodstock and Qatar Racing and has struck up a fine relationship with Lightning Thunder, who was second in both the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas and the Etihad Airways 1,000 Guineas last month.

Bentley told racinguk.com: “I'm obviously disappointed that I won't be partnering Lightning Thunder in the Coronation Stakes. Pearl Bloodstock and Qatar Racing wanted someone with more big-race experience then myself, and they don’t come more experienced than Olivier.

"It is a big operation and I am just delighted to be part of the team. I understand that there will be plenty of other opportunities throughout the remainder of the season and I hope I can make my mark in these top races.”

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