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Thursday, May 27, 2004



Kieren Fallon, twice a derby winner aboard Oath in 1999 and Kris Kin last year, and Sir Michael Stoute, himself victorious in 1981, 1986 and 2003, are all the rage in the Derby betting Ladbrokes can report. The firm has a liability in excess of £400,000 on the son of Danehill to land the £725,000 first prize.

The reigning champion trainer and jockey are also being well supported to hold on to their respective crowns. Stoute had been 3/1 to land his eighth title but is now 5/2 with the Magic Sign after punters filled up on Sir Michael following the Juddmonte Lockinge win for Russian Rhythm and the Dante win for North Light. Fallon in the meantime has been solidly backed in to 1/3 from 4/7.

"Fallon and Stoute are certainly lighting up the majority of the antepost markets, we're thinking of calling in the monopolies and mergers commission," said Balthazar Fabricius of Ladbrokes.

Vodafone Derby
1m 4f, Epsom, 5th June 2004
9/4 Yeats, 11/4 Snow Ridge, 7/2 North Light, 12 American Post, 12 Percussionist, 12 Rule Of Law, 14 Salford City, 16 Let the Lion Roar, 40 Elshadi, 40 Pukka, 100 Coming Again, 150 Massif Centrale (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

Top Flat Trainer 2004 (UK Win & Place prize-money, 25th March to 6th Nov)
5/4 Saeed Bin Suroor, 5/2 (from 3/1) Sir M. Stoute, 7/2 M. Johnston, 8 A. O'Brien, 8 B. Hills, 25 M. Channon, 25 R. Hannon, 33 J. Gosden (1/3 odds 1,2) Others on request

Flat Jockeys' Championship (25th March to 6th November 2004 - includes AW during this period)
1/3 K Fallon, 4 L Dettori, 5 D Holland (Win Only) Others on request

Vodafone Oaks
1m 4f, Epsom, 4th June 2004
9/4 Sundrop, 7/2 Punctilious, 9/2 Ouija Board, 5 All Too Beautiful, 10 Alexander Goldrun, 10 Hathrah, 14 Baraka, 16 Necklace, 20 Menoubah, 20 Poise, 33 Bowstring, 33 Crystal, 50 Lisieux Orchid, 66 Anna Pallida, 66 Last Love, 66 Kisses For Me, 66 Tamarillo, 100 Si Si Amiga (1/4 Odds 1,2,3)

Royal Hunt Cup
1m, Ascot, 16th June
6 Autumn Glory, 8 Polar Bear, 10 Fremen, 12 Vortex, 14 Blue Spinnaker, 14 Mine, 16 Anchor, 16 El Coto, 16 Maksad, 16 Thihn, 20 Amandus, 20 Camp Commander, 20 King's County, 20 Newton, 20 Wing Commander, 25 Able Baker Charlie, 25 Aleutian, 25 Alkaadhem, 25 Atavus, 25 Audience, 25 Chinakara, 25 Crafty Calling, 25 Desert Destiny, 25 Golden Chalice, 25 Heretic, 25 Millafonic, 25 Naahy, 25 New Seeker, 25 Norton, 25 Pablo, 25 Pentecost, 25 Putra Kuantan, 25 Royal Guard, 25 Selective, 25 St Andrews, 25 St Petersburg, 25 Zero Tolerance, 25 Zonergem, 33 Bar (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

Ascot Gold Cup
2m 4f, Ascot, 17th June 2004
4 Mr Dinos, 4 Vinnie Roe, 5 Westerner, 10 Millenary, 16 Alcazar, 16 The Great Gatsby, 20 Jardines Lookout, 25 Delsarte, 25 Fantastic Love, 25 Highest, 25 Leadership, 25 Media Puzzle, 25 Royal Rebel, 25 Shanty Star, 25 Supremacy, 33 Darasim, 33 Dusky Warbler, 33 Misternando, 33 Salsalino, 33 Savannah Bay (1/5 Odds 1,2,3) Others on request

Wokingham Stakes
6f, Ascot, 19th June
12 Greenslades, 14 So Will I, 16 Enchanted, 16 Fanny´s Fancy, 16 Maksad, 16 Royal Guard, 20 Alderney Race, 20 Fire Up The Band, 20 High Reach, 20 Mazepa, 20 Moayed, 20 Ringmoor Down, 20 Royal Storm, 20 Whitbarrow, 25 Bond Boy, 25 Boston Lodge, 25 Corridor Creeper, 25 Dazzling Bay, 25 Fruit Of Glory, 25 Funfair Wane, 25 Golden Chalice, 25 Halmahera, 25 Hit´s Only Money, 25 Lafi, 25 Manaar, 25 Marko Jadeo, 25 Master Robbie, 25 Mister Links, 25 Naahy, 25 Pieter Brueghel, 25 Sheer Tenby, 25 Tahirah, 25 Texas Gold, 25 Traytonic, 25 Tychy, 28 Pic Up Sticks, 33 Bar (1/4 Odds 1,2,3,4)

National Hunt Trainers' Championship 2004/5 (25th April 2004 to 23rd April
Evs M C Pipe, 5/4 P F Nicholls, 6 Jonjo O'Neill, 20 P J Hobbs, 25 N J Henderson, 40 Miss V Williams, 50 Miss H C Knight, 50 N A Twiston-Davies (Win Only) Others on request


The ever-popular Saturday night race meetings held at Lingfield Park are back in force this summer with NINE Saturday night fixtures scheduled from May 29, which features live music by Caprice, through to late August.

All the Saturday evening meetings will feature six races, run on both the turf and the Polytrack surfaces, starting at around 6pm. Parking is free, group discount bookings are available and special promotions with discounts on admission will run throughout the summer in local press.

Saturday nights will be packed with extra entertainment for both children and adults with great pop bands playing after racing, making them a great night out for all age groups.

It is the ideal event for the whole family to enjoy and under-16s are admitted FREE. A new mobile crèche facility will be available to racegoers, enabling families with younger children to leave them to be entertained in safety while adults can then relax and enjoy themselves.

Racegoers who have not been to Lingfield for sometime will be very impressed with the complete renovation of virtually all the buildings and facilities.

The racecourse is coming to the end of a £10-million overall spend which began three years ago with the installation of the Polytrack surface.

Since January this year, a complete redesign of the main grandstand and all the bars, restaurants and facilities has taken place, transforming the racecourse which now offers some of the best facilities in the country.

Other major improvements have been the resurfacing of the paddock and general landscaping around the public areas.

The highlight of the evening meetings will be Ladies Night on 17th July, which will also mark the Grand Opening of the new-look Lingfield Park.

The popular Rollin' Clones tribute band are back to rock the night away after racing and Ladies will be invited to compete for amazing prizes in the best dressed lady competition.

For details on advanced bookings and restaurant or private hospitality suite enquiries, the sales and marketing team will be delighted to help you, telephone: 0870 2200022.

The Saturday night meetings are on 29th May, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 17th July, 24th July, 31st July, 7th August, and 21st August.


Darren Mercer - enquiry (announced in February) in relation to possible breaches of Rule 247 (owner forbidden to lay his own horses) over the laying of JOSS NAYLOR (IRE) to lose in the Coral Welsh National. The hearing is scheduled to take place on Thursday 8th July.

Hillside Girl / Alan Berry / Paul Bradley / Dale Jewett / Steve O'Sullivan - facing charges (announced in March) that they are guilty of, or conspired with each other for the commission of, a corrupt and fraudulent practice in relation to racing, namely ensuring that HILLSIDE GIRL, a filly which was known or suspected of being lame and therefore had little chance of winning or being placed, should run at Carlisle on 15th June 2003 in the interests of bets layed on the betting exchange markets.

The announcement that a preliminary hearing would be held prompted sufficient responses from the respective solicitors to make the staging of such a preliminary hearing unnecessary. A timeframe for the production of documents to be used at the enquiry is being agreed and two possible sets of dates in July are being put forward in which to hold the enquiry. Three days are likely to be set aside for the hearing, although it is hoped no more than two will be required.

Kieren Fallon and John Egan - It was announced in April that the Disciplinary Panel would hold an enquiry into possible breaches of Rule 220 (iii), acting in a manner prejudicial to the integrity and good reputation of horseracing, in respect of the News of the World articles of 7th and 14th March. The Panel will also seek to establish whether Kieren Fallon is in breach of Rule 243 by communicating information on horses which was not publicly available for material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind.

The Jockey Club remains in correspondence with solicitors representing Kieren Fallon and John Egan. At this stage, no date for an enquiry has been set.

BE MY ROYAL / Willie Mullins - Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th July have been set aside for the Willie Mullins' appeal against the Disciplinary Panel's decision, made in January 2004 after a two-day hearing, to disqualify BE MY ROYAL from the 2002 Hennessy after the gelding had tested positive for morphine. The Appeal will be heard by the Appeal Board, which comprises an independent legally-qualified chairman supported by two Jockey Club Members.

Result of an Appeal heard by the Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club on Thursday 27th May 2004

Panel: Andrew Merriam (Chairman), Jane Gillies and John Wallinger

Tom Queally

The Disciplinary Panel of the Jockey Club, on 27th May 2004, considered an appeal lodged by Tom Queally, the rider of CATCH THE WIND, placed fifth in the totexacta Classified Stakes, against the decision of the Stewards at Bath following an enquiry on 21st May 2004 to find him in breach of Rule 156 for failing to ride out approaching the finish thereby forfeiting fourth place and to suspend him from riding for four days.

The Panel heard evidence from Queally and David Loder, who represented Barney Curley, Queally's employer. It also viewed video recordings of the race.

The Panel found Queally in breach of Rule 156 in that he failed to ride out approaching the finish thereby forfeiting fourth place.

Queally said that he had given his filly a forceful ride and having used his whip as much as he felt appropriate, she was going nowhere in the last furlong and he felt that he had ridden her all the way to the line. While accepting that the filly had little more to give, the Panel was of the opinion that if he had continued to ride out to the finish he would have finished fourth. This was borne out by the video evidence.

The Panel therefore dismissed the appeal and suspended him from riding for 4 days, from Tuesday 1st June to Friday 4th June inclusive. The Panel ordered that the deposit money of £450 be returned.

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