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London-based Reid to hand in licence.

Byline: Rodney Masters

ANDREW REID has cited a combination of poor health and frustration with the way racing is managed as reasons for ending his career as a trainer, writes Rodney Masters.

Reid, 50, who underwent heart surgery a year ago, plans to put his remaining 20 horses up for sale and will let his stables at Mill Hill in north London.

Over the past 15 years he has trained 150 winners. His best horses included David's Duky, who won the 1992 Eider Chase, and long-serving sprinter Fire Dome, whose five wins during the 2000 season included the Vodafone Data Handicap at Epsom on Derby Day.

A plan for North Yorkshire trainer David Nicholls to use the premises as a satellite yard from the beginning of this month failed to materialise, and this weekend Reid advertised the 62-box yard for lease under the heading 'London's Training Yard'.

Reid said: 'Of course I'm going to miss training because it has become a way of life, but after I underwent heart surgery last year it was always my intention to stop.

'We've proved our training centre here is successful and works very well. If I'd spent more time marketing the place I've no doubt we'd have got more horses to train.'

He added: 'I've become increasingly frustrated with the administration of racing. I'm concerned the sport is being run with short-term interests, which is never ideal.

'There's also more regulation than ever. Who is going to pay for it all?'
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2004
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