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Stewards in actions at Stratford.

THE RACECOURSE stewards were called into action at Stratford yesterday when punishing a jockey and trainer under Rule 151, the `non-triers' rule'.

Derek Byrne, the jockey of Silver Groom, fourth in the Racecourse Video Services Handicap Hurdle, was supsended for ten days, stretching from Oct 26-31 and November 2-5 inclusive.

The eight-year-old's trainer Mick Channon collected a pounds 1500 fine and the horse was banned from racing between October 20 and Novermber 28 inclusive.

CHAMPION Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien gained some compensation at home for Stravinsky's Newmarket disappointment when the maiden Festival Hall and veteran Burden Of Proof landed decent prizes at the Curragh yesterday.

Although Burden Of Proof had little real diificulty in landing the Listed Waterford Testimonial Stakes, Festival Hall only got up in the dying strides to claim the Group Three Juddmonte Beresford Stakes.

Mark Johnston's Tissifer was favourite to complete a hat-trick in the juveniles' race, but Johnny Murtagh's mount was outpaced in a blanket finish as 10-1 chance Festival Hall just nailed Port Bayou in the shadow of the post for the O'Brien yard.

A beaten hotpot at Cork the previous Saturday, Festival Hall was yet another winning ride for young Jamie Spencer who has been making the most of additional opportunities gained since winning the Irish 1000 Guineas aboard Tarascon.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 18, 1998
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