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Racing: Mann overboard after appeal fails.

Trainer Charlie Mann described the Jockey Club's verdict as 'mind-boggling' after losing his appeal over his punishment under the 'non-triers' rule at Fakenham.

At a hearing in London yesterday, the Jockey Club's disciplinary panel threw out Mann's appeal against a pounds 2,500 fine.

They also dismissed jockey Steven Craine's appeal against a 16-day suspension and upheld a 40-day ban for the horse Blazing The Trail following the second division of the Easco Conditional Jockeys' Maiden Hurdle at Fakenham on March 18.

A 6-1 chance, Blazing The Trail, who lost his tongue strap on the way to the start, was beaten 16 lengths in seventh place.

'It's mind-boggling. They accepted the horse had bled. They think you should flog a horse just to keep people happy,' said Mann. 'We had veterinary evidence that the horse bled. I thought we had a black and white case yet we still got overturned.'

Paul Struthers, PR Manager for the Jockey Club, said the panel felt Craine's riding was not influenced by the horse's health. He said: 'Mr Mann's claim that the JC want jockeys to ignore the welfare of a horse during a race is just ludicrous.

'After reviewing the video and taking into account transcripts from the Fakenham inquiry, the panel did not believe that the manner of Mr Craine's riding of Blazing The Trail was out of concern for the welfare of the horse
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 21, 2005
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