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RACING: Millman has Bath hopes as jockey is nailed.

Byline: Stable Boy

La Vie Est Belle can build on a promising run last time to claim the Sky Bet Maiden Auction Fillies' Stakes at Bath today.

Rod Millman's filly was a creditable seventh in the Weatherbys Super Sprint on her last run, only four lengths behind the winner If Paradise, having come down the unfavoured far side.

This daughter of Makbul kept on well but probably just found herself a little outclassed in what is always a competitive race.

La Vie Est Belle does seem to be on an upward curve, improving from the sixth place she registered on her debut at Warwick to a short-head second at the same course in the race before she went to Newbury.

Millman believes the filly is improving and you can expect her to land a first success here.

Barry Hills' horses are in cracking form at present and Zeuss can continue the run in the Skybet Vegas Rated Stakes.

This three-year-old Zamindar colt was a shade disappointing when only eighth last time over a mile at Goodwood, but he was up against older horses and may have found the company a little too hot, especially as he was coming off a long lay-off.

He moves back to his own age group now and judged on his previous win over seven furlongs at Lingfield, he would have strong claims.

Admittedly, that was not the best race on the all-weather, but he does seem to like his ground fast, so the drying conditions should be in his favour.

The closing Sky Bet Fillies' Handicap can go to the in-form Cerulean Rose.

This four-year-old spoilt Zuhair's party at Glorious Goodwood last week, taking the race named after Dandy Nicholls' sprinter in fine style from Madrasee.

She won well despite being hampered during the race and looks to be still improving, despite rising rapidly up the weights.

The win at Goodwood was her third on the bounce and she can make it four here.

At Catterick, Cantrip can take the Handicap over a mile and five furlongs.

This Celtic Swing filly is generally a front-runner and has had the misfortune to find one to pip her close home twice recently.

Last time Classic Millennium just came through to deny her in a twelve-furlong event at Pontefract, while at Yarmouth in June, Misternando collared her close home.

She did not quite seem to stay the one-mile six-furlongtrip on the latter occasion, but a mile and five furlongs could be just rightr, so expect a big run from Cantrip.

Jockey Aaron Yugovich has been banned for 15 years after admitting five charges, including using a whip with nails, the Western Australian Turf Club has announced.

The charges also included using spurs with nails and using an electrified whip.

Yugovich is based round the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club about 600 km east of Perth, Western Australia. The offences related to races from June 2002 to July 2003.

As a leading apprentice two years ago, Yugovich won a scholarship awarded to encourage development at a higher level.

But in June last year he was banned for two months, reduced on appeal to one month, for insulting local stewards after a fight in the jockeys' room.

Fellow rider Chad Davies, who admitted assaulting Yugovich, was barred for four months.

Davies had been upset after being checked by a horse ridden by Yugovich and beaten into second place on the even-money favourite.

The 15-year ban imposed on Yugovich is one of the biggest of its kind, although the former Irish trainer and jockey Dermot Browne was barred from the sport for 20 years last November by the authorities in Britain after being accused of doping 23 horses in 1990.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 5, 2003
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