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Sep 05

Irish Turf Club must learn its lesson over Russell ‘punching horse’ case

In future, if a jockey on a British track lashes out at a horse, they can and should expect swift and stern justice. It is to be hoped that the same will now also be true in Ireland

The damaging and extended controversy which began when Davy Russell punched a horse before a race at Tramore on 18 August drew towards a close on Tuesday, when the Irish Turf Club’s appeals panel increased the rider’s punishment to a four-day suspension. Russell received only a caution at an earlier hearing, an outcome that prompted criticism by leading animal-welfare organisations in the UK and Ireland.

Russell’s punch to the head of his mount, Kings Dolly, provoked widespread anger and astonishment when video of the incident circulated widely on social media. The Irish Turf Club will now feel that it has drawn a line under the episode before Irish Champions Weekend, the country’s showpiece Flat meeting which opens on Saturday with stars including Churchill, Winter, Order Of St George and Big Orange due to be in action at Leopardstown and The Curragh.

Related: RSPCA calls Davy Russell punching of horse ‘totally unacceptable’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/05/jockey-davy-russell-suspension-horse-punching-incident

Sep 05

Davy Russell: Jockey gets four-day ban for punching horse Kings Dolly at Tramore

Jockey Davy Russell is given a four-day ban after punching Kings Dolly on the back of the head before a race in August.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/41159983

Sep 03

ARC deny claims stalls handlers are put at risk by inexperienced recruits

• ‘Experienced guys being let go and new guys with no idea getting jobs’
• Godolphin and Charlie Austin enjoy Group success in Turkey

Stalls handlers are being put at risk because some new recruits to the job lack sufficient experience of working with horses, The Guardian has been told. According to two men who have done the job and remain in touch with others who still do it, handlers employed by ARC often lack the skills to ensure the job can be done safely, a charge which ARC denies.

The accusation comes at a particularly sensitive time for those who load racehorses into the starting stalls, two months after the death of Stephen Yarborough, who suffered fatal injuries when run over by the stalls as they were manoeuvered into position at Haydock. That accident, which remains the subject of an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive, involved a team of handlers employed by Racetech, not ARC, which employs its own teams at just five tracks: Doncaster, Windsor, Lingfield, Southwell and Wolverhampton.

Related: Godolphin line up Masar for next year’s Classics after Sandown success

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/03/godolphin-secret-number-bosphorus-cup-saeed-bin-suroor

Sep 01

The trainer who sings opera to racehorses

Racehorse trainer Heather Main treats her equine charges to a dose of Mozart every afternoon.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-41123560

Aug 31

BHA’s judgment again in question during its pursuit of trainer Jim Best

• Ruling body alerted police over journalist’s call to witness jockey
• Churchill’s opposition thinning out for Irish Champion Stakes

Police were called in by the British Horseracing Authority to investigate what was imagined to be a suspicious phone call to the jockey Paul John, who was a key BHA witness in a disciplinary hearing at the time. After some investigation by officers of the Devon and Cornwall force, it emerged the caller was a journalist with the Racing Post, seeking comment from the jockey.

The BHA’s seeming over-reaction, recorded in documents seen by the Guardian, did not end there during its troubled and contentious pursuit of the trainer Jim Best last year. The Devon‑based John was to be their sole witness against Best and BHA officials appear to have decided he was therefore at risk, even though its then integrity director, Adam Brickell, noted in one document that no threat had been made.

Related: Jim Best says BHA case has torn him to pieces after horse-stopping ban

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/31/bha-judgment-trainer-jim-best

Aug 26

Ebor Festival: Nakeeta hangs on to win Ebor Handicap at York

Nakeeta clinches victory at the Ebor Handicap at York by beating favourite Flymetothestars in a close finish.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/41060495

Aug 25

Ebor Festival: Marsha wins Nunthorpe Stakes at York

Marsha pips Lady Aurelia to the post to claim victory in the Nunthorpe Stakes on day three of the Ebor Festival at York.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/41054339

Aug 24

Ebor Festival: Enable wins Yorkshire Oaks for fourth successive Group One victory

Enable records her fourth successive Group One victory by winning the Yorkshire Oaks at the Ebor Festival.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/41041645

Aug 23

Juddmonte International: Ulysses wins by two lengths under Jim Crowley

Champion jockey Jim Crowley rides Ulysses to victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/41030464

Aug 21

Juddmonte International Stakes: Ulysses and Barney Roy to meet again at York

Ulysses and Barney Roy meet in a rematch of their Coral-Eclipse duel at Juddmonte’s International Stakes at York on Wednesday.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/40999891

Aug 21

Champion three-year-old Almanzor retired to stud

Almanzor, last season’s champion three-year-old racehorse, is retired to stud.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/40998956

Aug 20

Jockey Russell investigated after ‘striking horse’

Jockey Davy Russell is being investigated after footage appears to show him striking a horse on the head moments before a race.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/40992842

Aug 19

William Buick: Jockey out for at least six weeks after fall at Arlington

Jockey William Buick will be out for at least six weeks after being hurt in a fall from his mount Permian, who was fatally injured at Arlington.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/40988095

Aug 17

BHA comes under fire after John Wainwright is cleared in corruption case

• Ruling body slammed for its ‘win at all costs’ approach
• Jockey Adam Carter, stable lad and gambler all guilty

A furious row has broken out between racing’s ruling body and a firm of solicitors whose client, the Yorkshire trainer John Wainwright, was cleared of corruption by a disciplinary panel on Thursday. The British Horseracing Authority was forced to deny an accusation that it had a “win at all costs” attitude to disciplinary cases, following the end of a case in which the evidence of the former jockey Adam Carter proved to be unreliable.

Carter was found guilty of a stopping ride on Blazeofenchantment at Southwell in June 2014, described by the independent disciplinary panel as “about as blatant an example of a non-trier as one could get”. His friend Paul Bradley, a stable lad, admitted Carter had told him of his intention to stop the horse and that he then passed that information on to a gambler, Peter Bennett. Bennett denied corruption charges but was found by the panel to have layed the horse through a betting exchange, risking £1,999 to win £2,000 when the horse finished unplaced. Carter, Bradley and Bennett were found guilty of engaging in a corrupt or fraudulent practice, their punishments to be determined after additional procedure.

Related: Adam Carter tells horse ‘stopping’ inquiry his ride was due to ‘brain fade’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/17/bha-under-fire-after-john-wainwright-cleared-of-corruption

Aug 16

News and tips: BHA to publish non-runner league table in October

• Move to reduce withdrawal numbers welcomed by punter and jockey bodies
• We’ve always favoured a targeted approach, says NTF’s Rupert Arnold

A league table showing which trainers are most likely to have non-runners will be published by the sport’s ruling body in October and updated regularly as part of a determined push to reduce withdrawal numbers. The news was welcomed by bodies representing punters and jockeys and met with a more guarded welcome from the National Trainers Federation, which has managed to water down some of the proposals in consultation with the British Horseracing Authority.

But the league table, which will leave no doubt as to which trainers have the highest ratio of non-runners to entrants, meets with the NTF’s approval, even though a small number of its members could be embarrassed by the outcome and will be at risk of losing their right to self-certify that a horse is lame or otherwise unfit to run. “It fits with the policy we have had over non-runners,” said Rupert Arnold, the NTF chief executive. “We’ve always favoured a targeted approach, rather than changes to the rules that would affect everybody.

Related: John Gosden’s plea fails to move BHA panel on Rab Havlin French drug ban

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/16/news-and-tips-bha-publish-non-runner-league-table-october

Aug 16

William Buick: Jockey home after fall from Permian at Arlington

Jockey William Buick is recovering at home after being injured in a fall from his mount Permian, who was fatally injured in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/40946839

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