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Thursday, September 27, 2007


Jamie Osborne

The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority, on 27th
September 2007, considered an appeal lodged by Jamie Osborne, the
trainer of SIX OF DIAMONDS (IRE), placed first in the Bet Live @
williamhill.com Handicap Stakes, against the decision of the Stewards at Bath to find that SIX OF DIAMONDS (IRE) had interfered with GOLD HUSH (USA), placed second and that the interference had improved SIX OF DIAMONDS (IRE)'s placing and to reverse the placings, following an
enquiry on 16 September 2007. The decision to find William Buick, the
rider of SIX OF DIAMONDS (IRE), guilty of careless riding was not the
subject of an appeal.

The Panel heard evidence from Osborne, Buick and Seb Sanders, the rider of GOLD HUSH (USA). It also viewed the video recordings of the race and the photo finish print.

The Panel found that interference did take place shortly before the
winning post caused by SIX OF DIAMONDS (IRE) leaning in on GOLD HUSH
(USA). The Panel noted that in the last half furlong SIX OF DIAMONDS
(IRE) had tightened up GOLD RUSH (USA) which caused Sanders to change
his riding style. However the Panel was not convinced in any way it
impeded the momentum of GOLD HUSH (USA) who was still given a strong
ride to the line. This view was supported by Sanders in his evidence to the Panel.

The Panel could not be satisfied that SIX OF DIAMONDS (IRE) had improved his placing in respect of the interference to GOLD HUSH (USA) shortly before the winning post. It therefore upheld the appeal and placed SIX OF DIAMONDS (IRE) first and GOLD HUSH (USA) second.

William Buick
The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority, on 27th
September 2007, held an enquiry to establish whether or not W Buick, the rider of QADAR (IRE), unplaced, had committed a breach of Rule 153 (iii) of the Rules of Racing concerning his riding in the Ladbrokes Portland at Doncaster on 15th September 2007. This matter was referred to the British Horseracing Authority by the Doncaster Stewards following an enquiry on the same day because Buick had been suspended from riding for 24 days for interference within the previous twelve months.

The Panel considered evidence from Buick who was legally represented and accompanied by his employer, Andrew Balding. It also viewed video
recordings of the race.

The Panel found that Buick was guilty of careless riding in that at
about the two furlong marker he made a manoeuvre to his right thereby
interfering with ORIENTOR, ridden by D Tudhope, unplaced, who was on the rails, causing him to snatch up.

Taking into account that Buick had been suspended for twenty four days
for interference since 10th December 2006, it suspended him from riding for a total of 12 days (consisting of 2 days for careless riding at Doncaster and 10 days under the 'totting up' procedure). 2 days of this penalty will be deferred for 3 months until 4th January 2008. The suspension will run from Friday 5th October 2007 to Sunday 14th October 2007 on days when flat racing is due to take place. In addition the Panel require him to attend a training day at the British Racing School on 6th December 2007.

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