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Prodromou overlooks Kerton after 42-day suspension ends.

Byline: Graham Green

CHARLOTTE KERTON, who failed to persuade the BHA disciplinary panel that period pains impaired her riding of Valmari at Kempton in April, has been overlooked by trainer George Prodromou when the mare returns to action at Lingfield today, despite her 42-day 'non-trier' suspension ending yesterday.

Prodromou, who was fined pounds 7,500 as part of the same inquiry that also resulted in Valmari being banned from racing for 40 days, has engaged Saleem Golam for his two runners at the Surrey course, but says he has not fallen out with Kerton, who had previously ridden almost exclusively for him.

"Charlotte wanted to ride both the horses on Monday, but I told her she wasn't fit enough," said the Norfolk trainer who, despite being critical at the hearing of Kerton's riding of Valmari, is sympathetic where the stomach cramps she claims to have been suffering is concerned.

"She told me she had period pains, and if I get a letter from her doctor saying that, who am I not to believe her?" said Prodromou.

"I'm still going to use Charlotte, but it will be up to the owners when she rides for us."

In deciding Kerton had intentionally not asked 33-1 shot Valmari for sufficient effort in the 1m2f handicap on April 16, when the partnership finished tenth of 13, the panel noted that although she raised her whip three times in the home straight, she failed to make contact on each occasion.

Kerton explained she was in so much pain she had been unable to use the whip properly.

Keen to put the affair behind her, Kerton, who has ridden four winners in the last five seasons and hopes to be back in the saddle later this week, said: "I know what I've done wrong, and what I haven't done, and I can hold up my head.

"Coming back in a blaze or glory with a few winners would be nice."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2010
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