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A spoof quiz compiled by the National Association of Stable Staff (Nars), featuring questions based on 12 allegations which the Association dealt with in the past year, has been attacked by the National Trainers Federation.
The quiz, written by the Association’s chief executive George McGrath (pictured), asked for the names of trainers associated with a series of alleged incidents which included , sexual assault, staff rights, equality and pay.
The first question read:
Name the trainer that thinks part time staff do not have the right to holidays? There is more than one correct answer to the question
The trainers Federation attacked how the quiz addressed matters in a “publicly provocative manner” and said “The NTF has strived to develop a constructive relationship with Nars; Nars seems determined to undermine it.”
A five-year-old mare, Gladden, who was trained by Lee Carter, was fatally injured after being in a collision with a car after getting loose and attempting to gallop back to her Epsom stable close to the racecourse grandstands.
Nick Patton, managing director for Jockey Club Estates, which looks after the Epsom training grounds, said: “This was a tragic accident and I’m devastated for Lee and his team. As with any incident that occurs on our training grounds we will thoroughly review it and look at how we can eliminate or reduce risk in any way we can.
“We are working with Surrey County Council to get some improved signage behind what we call the Queen’s Stand crossing area.”
The price of Altior for Saturday’s Grade 2 Unibet Silviano Conti Chase at Kempton drifted from 1/4 to 5/2 on Tuesday morning before trainer Nicky Henderson announced via the sponsor that the horse would not run.
Coral’s David Stevens said: “For an hour this morning we were only laying Top Notch for Saturday’s Silviniaco Conti Chase, and just after 10am we took the decision to suspend betting on the race. It therefore didn’t come as a complete surprise when Altior was ruled out of the race later in the morning.” Adding “Incidents like this highlight the need for information to be put into the public domain as quickly as possible, in order for both punters and layers to maintain complete confidence in the sport as a betting medium.”
Altior missed an intended run at Kempton in the Desert Orchid Chase over the Christmas period due an abscess, but Henderson provided a positive update following a workout on Saturday, and the following day was confirmed for Saturday’s race. The alternative target could be now the Betfair Exchange Chase at Newbury on 8 February.
After being pulled up in Kempton’s King George VI Chase, Lostintranslation is unlikely to run before the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
It still remains unclear why the Colin Tizzard-trained gelding ran poorly at Kempton, but connections hope a subsequent soft palate operation will help.
Abacadabras is one of four potential runners for Gordon Elliott in the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday.
The six-year-old has won three of his four starts over hurdles, with only stablemate Envoi Allen beating hm in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse early last month.
Elliott, who won last year’s Grade 2 two-mile race with Felix Desjy, could also run Andy Dufresne, an odds-on loser last time in the Navan Novice Hurdle, Easywork and Run Wild Fred.
The easy winner of last month’s Betfair Exchange Trophy at Ascot, Not So Sleepy, is one of 56 entries in Newbury’s £150,000 Betfair Hurdle next month, which means the Hughie Morrison trained eight-year-old could add a £100,000 bonus from the sponsors for achieving the big handicap double.
After the Ascot win, Morrison immediately put forward the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham as the next target for Not So Sleepy, whose two wins this season have netted £104,000.
The Joseph O’Brien trained duo Le Richebourg and Band Of Outlaws have both met with setbacks and are to miss the Cheltenham Festival.
Concerning Le Richebourg, O’Brien said “The plan was to run on New Year’s Day at Tramore but he just tweaked himself a few days beforehand and that ruled him out of running there and will rule him out of Cheltenham too.” adding “He might still make it back in time for Aintree.”
Last seen on a racecourse five months ago, Band Of Outlaws “had a setback and missed a bit of time so Cheltenham will come too soon for him. Hopefully we will get him back for some of the other spring festivals but that would be a maybe rather than a definitely.”
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