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Folkestone fined pounds 5,000 over medical failures.

Byline: Bruce Jackson

FOLKESTONE has been fined pounds 5,000 after admitting breaches of the rules relating to its medical services at the Flat meeting on October 6 last year.

A spot check by the BHA found five breaches of the Rules of Racing under rule (F) 15.2, regarding missing equipment and supplies from the emergency bags, ambulances and jockeys' medical room and the proper briefing of medical staff at the meeting.

The course has since reviewed its medical cover and a spokesperson said yesterday: "We take health and safety of the public and horses and jockeys very seriously, but unfortunately on this occasion we were let down by our contractors."

Paul Struthers, the BHA media manager, said: "It was a case of things not being up to standard, but not life and death matters."

The disciplinary panel could have fined Folkestone pounds 15,000 but imposed what was the entry point of pounds 5,000.

Folkestone is the latest course to be caught out by spot checks - Nottingham, Towcester and Uttoxeter have been fined for similar slip-ups since 2007.

At separate inquiries, three trainers were fined for failing to report the gelding of their runners.

Trainers are required to notify the office of the Racing Calendar five days before any horse runs after being gelded.

Neville Bycroft and Nicky Henderson were fined pounds 100 and Linda Jewell pounds 200 for the omission.

Jewell was fined more as she reported to the stewards that gelding was a possible explanation for the improvement in running of R Woody after he won at 100-1 at Southwell last month.

The panel heard that Bycroft's Danum Dancer had run five times unsuccessfully after being gelded before it was identified.

Henderson's case related to Zarinski before he ran at Sandown on November 7 when the officiating vet spotted the discrepancy on the horse's passport.
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Date:Jan 19, 2010
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