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RACING: SANGSTER SACKS TRAINER; Chapple-Hyam out as Gosden quits Newmarket to take over at Manton.

RUTHLESS Robert Sangster yesterday sacked his trainer Peter Chapple- Hyam and John Gosden will take over next season.

"I'm gutted - I just don't know why this has happened," said Chapple- Hyam after breaking the news to the Manton staff yesterday morning.

But as we revealed excusivley in May, Sangster has lost patience with the

lack of success at his multi-million pound training centre close to Marlborough in Wiltshire and things came to a head when the year's big hope Commander Collins flopped in the 2,000 Guineas and failed even to make the Derby line-up.

Sangster said: "Making these decisions is never easy, however during the last year or two things haven't gone as Peter or myself would have wished and we both felt that a change was in our interests."

Sangster has been left behind as a major player by the might of Godolphin, but he hardly made things easy for his trainer when he sold four top horses in a package to Sheikh Mohammed in 1997 with the batch including classic winner Cape Verdi.

He also sacked his jockey John Reid at the end of last season and replaced him with Jimmy Fortune.

Chapple-Hyam is likely to to take over the Barbary Castle stables.

Gosden trained horses for Sangster in the USA before being lured back by Sheikh Mohammed. But the success of Godolphin and the transfer of 100 two-year-olds to be trained in France reduced his firepower.

Moving to Manton next year will provide a new challenge for the classic- winning trainer who said: "This renews a long association for me and I am looking forward to it.

"I will continue to train horses for Sheikh Mohammed and Prince Khalid Abdulla."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Fawcus, Charles
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 25, 1999
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