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Ulster ace Harley has Mount to climb in season's climax

By Frank Brownlow

Ulster jockey Martin Harley rides Rhombus in the big race at Doncaster on the final day of the flat season - but Mount Logan is the one they all have to beat.

Bookies can't agree on a favourite for the highly competitive £70,000 Betfred November Handicap, with several horses heading the betting in the various lists.

Mount Logan, trained by Luca Cumani and ridden by Andrea Atzeni, comes into this off the back of a win at Doncaster in September, getting the better of Forgotten Hero - who had Harley on board.

Rhombus finished mid division at Newmarket last time out but that came on the back of good wins at Newbury and Newmarket, all under Cam Hardie.

Leading apprentice Hardie is currently on the injured list after a tumble at Kempton on Wednesday night, opening the door for Harley, who was on target at Wolverhampton last night.

Richard Hughes has already been crowned champion jockey.

Meanwhile, leading hurdler Solwhit has died after a training fall in Tipperary yesterday.

The 10-year-old won eight Grade One races, including last year's World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree.

Solwhit was schooling over hurdles when he fell and broke a shoulder.

"It's very sad. He's been a very special horse, the best I've trained by a very long way, and we had a great day with him at Cheltenham," said Solwhit's trainer Charles Byrnes.

Winning 15 of his 28 starts, Solwhit earned more than £950,000 in prize money.

He also chased home dual champion hurdler, Ulster-owned Hurricane Fly, in a number of memorable clashes.

Solwhit missed last season but was due to return later this year.

Richard Kingscote had surgery on his arm yesterday after a five-horse pile-up at Wolverhampton on Thursday evening.

The jockey - riding Cape Of Hope - suffered a broken wrist, forearm, elbow and collarbone, as well as puncturing a lung.

Paul Hanagan, champion jockey in 2010 and 2011, sustained a broken collarbone during the incident but was later discharged from hospital.

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