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Teeton Mill rumours denied.

Renewed speculation that all is not well with Teeton Mill was laughed off again on Monday.

A report in the national Press suggested that Venetia Williams' training of the Pertemps King George VI Chase winner is being hindered by a condition called azoturia.

But Hywel Davies, racing manager to the gelding's owners The Winning Line, stressed that the 10-year-old is firmly on course for the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Referring to the report, he said: ``I don't know where they get their ideas from.

``He is in great shape, so the trainer tells me, and he's flying at home.''

No decision has yet been made as to whether Teeton Mill will warm up for Cheltenham in the Mitsubishi Shogun Ascot Chase a week on Saturday.

``He has an entry at Ascot and we'll have a look at that race,'' Davies added.

Usher fined

Trainer Mark Usher was fined Pounds 1,500, jockey Luke Harvey banned for 10 days and Fabulous Mtoto, suspended from running in any race for 40 days, after the Fontwell stewards found them in breach of Rule 151 - ``non-triers''' rule

Fabulous Mtoto finished fifth behind winner Skram, beaten 17 1/2 lengths without being able to get in a blow to the leaders.

Usher said: ``Basically the horse has had a long lay-off with bad leg trouble and we were nursing him back.

``They've gone off fast and stopped and he's come through them from the back - it looked pretty indefensible.''

Tough task

Leading fancy Wahiba Sands will have to carry top-weight of 12st in Saturday's Tote Gold Trophy at Newbury.

The Martin Pipe-trained Gerry Feilden Hurdle winner has been prominent in ante-post betting ever since he was handed 10st 8lb when weights were published for the Pounds 100,000 contest.

But the withdrawal of Pridwell, Blowing Wind (both also trained by Pipe), Kerawi and Toto Toscato means he is left to top the handicap, alongside stable-companion Rainbow Frontier.

Pipe has also declared Rainwatch, Amitge and Vent d'Aout.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 9, 1999
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