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Horse Racing: Egan to face sentencing next month.

Byline: John Petty

JOCKEY John Egan has been told he will be sentenced next month for offences including the illegal possession of a firearm, writes John Petty.

Egan, 38, winner of last year's July Cup on Les Arcs, made a brief appearance at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.

Judge John Devaux, sitting in chambers, refused to grant an application to allow Egan to reverse the guilty plea he had earlier entered to a charge of possession of a 12-bore shotgun without a valid certificate.

Egan, of Coltsfoot Green, Wickham-brook, Suffolk, will now appear at the same court to be sentenced for that offence together with harassment and being drunk in charge of a car, which he had also admitted.

The harassment charge relates to a breach by Egan of a non-molestation order granted in court in October banning him from contacting his ex-wife Sandra or going to their home.

Devaux told Egan that he would have to appear for sentencing in early February. Egan's bail has been renewed on condition that he does not contact his former wife.

When Egan was charged and made his first appearance before magistrates at Bury St Edmunds in early December, he entered guilty pleas to all three charges and was remanded in custody by District Judge David Cooper.

However, an application to Devaux three days later resulted in bail being granted and Egan was released from Peterborough prison.

Egan was yesterday cleared to resume riding at Lingfield tomorrow following injuries sustained in a fall in November.

His agent, Mark Gilchrist, said: "He received clearance from the doctors and is mad keen to get going again. He will be riding Happy As Larry and Augustus John for Tim Pitt and Red Cape for David Elsworth and we are trying to firm up another couple of rides.

"He is in Dubai next week and will have four mounts for Stan Moore at Nad Al Sheba on January 18."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 12, 2007
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