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Drop of the hard stuff.

BACKDROP confirmed the promise he had shown over 10 furlongs at Leicester earlier this month with victory in the Knipton Handicap at the track yesterday.

Sent off the 5-6 favourite for this mile-and-a-half contest the John Dunlop-trained three-year-old looked set to win easily when cruising up to join the leaders three furlongs out, but in the end had to be ridden out by Richard Quinn to get the better ofTurtle Valley by a head.

The winner appeared to drift towards the centre of the course slightly hampering the runner-up and a stewards' inquiry was quickly announced but after about 20 minutes the result was allowed to stand.

Steve Collier, representing Dunlop, said: "He travelled well but just started to hang on the ground and then started going away from the crowd." Dunlop completed a double when Tim Sprake rode Richard Hills, the rider of Madmun, fifth in the first race, will miss the Chester May meeting after incurring the wrath of the local stewards.

The officials found Hills guilty of irresponsible riding on Madmun and banned him for four days.

The suspension takes effect on May 3 to 6 inclusive Paul Doe was banned for two days (May 3 and 4) for careless riding on Turtle Valley, runner-up to Backcloth in the second race.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 25, 1999
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