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Horse Racing: Gingell seeks advice over hefty fine.

Byline: David Carr

MATT GINGELL was still angry yesterday at the hefty punishment handed out over the running of a horse at Fakenham on Friday and revealed he has sought legal advice over what action he can take in an attempt to fight it, writes David Carr.

The trainer was fined pounds 3,000 after falling foul of rule 157, concerning using the racecourse as a training ground, when Mount Usher finished a never-nearer fifth in a conditional jockeys' maiden hurdle.

Jockey Carey Williamson was banned for 14 days and the horse suspended for 40 days.

Gingell said: "I was immediately in touch with Rory Mac Neice. He's going to view the race and will give his opinion on where to take it on Monday.

"Obviously, I'm not happy with it. I think it's rather harsh. Carey rode the horse as I wanted her to. We weren't trying to cheat or stop or do anything other than win - her orders were to try to win if everything went well."

Gingell added: "As I said to the stewards, he's a very bad jumper. He's a gassy Flatracing horse and has only just come back from having two screws surgically put into a hind cannon-bone. He was a 100-1 shot. It's rather strange."

Tony McGlone, one of the stipendiary stewards at Fakenham on Friday, said: "The stewards came to the decision that the horse was not ridden to obtain the best possible placing. It was the standard penalty. There is a range and this was the entry point."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 16, 2008
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