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Treadwell left frustrated after he is ruled out for second successive day.

Byline: Rodney Masters

JOCKEY Liam Treadwell was yesterday left to count mounting financial losses for a second successive day after an apparent inaccurate medical diagnosis led to him losing five rides, writes Rodney Masters.

The frustrating chain of events for Treadwell, a dual-purpose jockey attached to Venetia Williams' Herefordshire yard, was triggered at Market Rasen on Sunday when he was kicked in the back after being unseated in the maiden hurdle.

He was allowed home and advised to keep an ice-pack on the bruised area.

Feeling fit again on Monday, he rode out for Williams, intent on a quick comeback in a bid to add to his tally of six wins from 64 rides this jumps season and three from 15 rides on the Flat.

However, the following morning he received a letter with some unexpected content from Dr Michael Turner, the British Horseracing Authority's medical adviser.

"I was surprised by the letter because Dr Turner had written that he was sorry to have heard that I'd broken a vertebrae in my back," said Treadwell yesterday.

He added: "I was unable to contact Dr Turner, but I went to my GP for a checkup and he told me I was fine.

"However, I wasn't able to ride at Sedgefield because I had a red entry in my medical book. I'd been due to be on Greenfort Brave, who finished second in the last race there.

"I went to Hereford today for four rides, and although I was cleared by two doctors there, they were unable to contact Dr Turner and therefore the red entry remained in my book. I hope the matter is sorted out quickly, because I've a ride tomorrow at Redcar."

The Racing Post was unable to contact Dr Turner yesterday. However, in a statement, BHA press officer Owen Byrne said: "Liam Treadwell was given a red entry after a fall at Market Rasen on Sunday.

"The procedure for a red entry - as most jockeys know and all should know - is that the rider's licence is suspended pending a report from a specialist or his GP. We finally received this today, it was considered by Dr Turner and, subject to a final check at Hereford today, he is clear to ride."

Bryne was unwilling to comment on why Treadwell received a letter from Dr Turner regarding a more serious injury.

Asked if the delay would have been avoided if Dr Turner was employed on a full-time rather than a part-time basis, Bryne said: "No. Dr Turner has a full-time assistant, and there is no delay in reports reaching him."


Liam Treadwell: prevented from riding since injury on Sunday
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 6, 2007
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