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Bookies in bets probe.

Britain's big bookies have been called up by the Jockey Club in a bid to sort out the Man Mood affair, writes Charles Fawcus.

Hills and Ladbrokes are compiling a report on the market pattern of Tuesday's Warwick race, won by Drumstick after lone opponent Man Mood was pulled up.

Jockey Club spokesmen are playing things down but a leading bookie told me: "We understand that they are not happy with the race at all."

Warwick's stewards accepted the explanations about the horse's wind problems from Charlie Brooks and Graham Bradley, but the Jockey Club have the power to re-open the inquiry if they want to.

The last minute bets on Drumstick alarmed the on course bookies who eventually refused to take any more.

Man Mood clearly has his problems, but that late interest in Drumstick, not the most reliable of horses and retired straight after the race, is what is causing concern.

Henry Cecil stages his last ditch battle against Saeed Bin Suroor over the next two days, with no confidence at all.

"All my Doncaster runners need to finish first, second and third with his nowhere and I don't think that's likely, do you?

"It's been a great battle and all credit to them, but next year I won't be competing against horses like Mark Of Esteem, Charnwood Forest and Classic Cliche that I used to train. Their big race wins made a huge difference."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Fawcus, Charles
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 8, 1996
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