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Bentley signs with McIlroy’s former handler

Chandler signed to promote racing’s rising star

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Dubai: Harry Bentley, one of flat-racing’s most exciting prospects, has teamed up with Rory McIlroy’s former handler Chubby Chandler of International Sports Management (ISM).

The 20-year-old, from Storrington, West Sussex, made his decision shortly before completing the biggest double of his already impressive career last weekend, which included his first Group One winner.

He won Purebred Arabian racing’s most valuable race in the UAE, riding Naseem to victory in The President’s Cup, and brought home Thakif in the Group Three Al Ruwais at the same Abu Dhabi meeting.

Bentley is the first jockey in ISM’s portfolio, which made its name by guiding the careers of golfers Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood and cricketers Andrew Flintoff and Michael Vaughan.

Although Bentley is guided and managed by his father John, the pair thought it might be a good idea to approach somebody involved in other sports and with broader experience of promoting high-profile sporting figures.