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BHA investigates lack of information on gelded winners.

Byline: Ed Watson

THE BHA is to investigate why racegoers and punters were left unaware that Danum Dancer had been gelded before he won at Southwell on Tuesday. They will then decide if any amendment is needed in the way trainers inform them of the operation.

The five-year-old's victory was the second example within four days of a horse who had undergone a gelding operation - which is often cited as a means of improving performance - winning while still officially registered as a colt or entire.

Trainer Neville Bycroft said yesterday Danum Dancer had been cut following his run at Thirsk in April 2008 and that he had marked the change in status on his monthly paperwork return to the BHA at the earliest opportunity.

The five-year-old, winner of Redcar's Two-Year-Old Trophy as a juvenile, did not run again during 2008 and his Southwell victory was his first success in six starts this year.

Paul Struthers, the BHA's media relations manager, said consideration would be given to this case and that of the Linda Jewell-trained R Woody, a 100-1 winner at Southwell on Saturday on his first run since a gelding operation.

Struthers said: "Danum Dancer has been running as an entire when we know now that he isn't one. Mr Bycroft said he informed us of the change by completing the necessary paperwork at the time.

"That is something we'll look into to establish if there has been an oversight on our part. We can then consider whether an amendment to the current procedure is necessary."

North Yorkshire-based Bycroft insisted he had done nothing wrong, saying: "I marked that Danum Dancer had been gelded on my monthly return to the BHA, just the same as I've always done with other horses that have been gelded."

The standard fine for failing to notify the authorities of a gelding procedure is pounds 100.

Referring to the R Woody case, which is currently being handled by the disciplinary panel, Struthers said a stiffer penalty is likely to be meted out to Jewell because she had nominated being gelded as an explanation for her charge's sudden improvement in form.
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Date:Dec 10, 2009
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