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No justice - and no experience required.

Byline: Howard Wright

SOMETIMES there's no justice in racing. Hard-working trainer Stewart Parr feels compelled to hand in his notice as salaried trainer to the demanding football agent Willie McKay, despite having trained around 50 winners in three years.

Long-serving Annie Dodd, one of racing's best-known back-of-house staff, has her services dispensed with by the BHA, at a time when racehorse welfare, one of her specialities, is of paramount importance. There's no substitute for experience, and both have it in spades. The shame will be if it goes to waste for long.

Then, of course, there are the stable staff at Spigot Lodge, who find themselves facing an uncertain future through no fault of their own, and all for the lack of a back-up plan from a boss who probably thought he would not be found out.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2009
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