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Seville is expected to Star in division
one of the Maiden two-year-old Fillies
Stakes over seven furlongs of good to soft
Doncaster this afternoon when the tradi-
tional two-days Racing Post meeting gets
under way with an eight-race programme,
plenty of betting opportunities.
None better than once-raced Seville Star,
a close third after making most in a fast-
run race won by Goodyearforroses over
seven furlongs at Leicester, where this Duke
Of Marmalade filly was second-favourite
on the strength of good work under the
watchful eye of veteran trainer John Gos-
Sir Michael Stoute-trained Yarrow also
shaped well on debut and is forecast
favourite; no chance with Star Of Seville on
the time-handicap which also indicates an
obvious chance for Caelica in division two.
Caelica raced prominently first-up under
James Doyle at Newmarket in a race won
by Irish Rookie; considerable improvement
is anticipated by trainer Charles Hills who,
significantly, has booked Graham Gibbons,
pound for pound as good as it gets which
is why he s constantly used by Thirsk-based
David Barron, one of the best and most
consistent trainers on this planet. Check
Both divisions should prove intriguing,
informative and, hopefully, rewarding if I ve
computed and analysed the race-times accu-
Serious punters who read this column
and consistently click onto www.dailyearn-
er.co.uk updates won t have any concerns
on that score, they will certainly let their
bookmakers know they have visited!
Then it s on to Wolverhampton where
Brosnan looks gilt-edged in the Maiden
two-year-old Stakes over an extended nine
Brosnan turned in a promising debut
effort when a close fifth over a mile at York
two weeks back; that Th mark would be
good enough and yet he ll surely improve.
9.50 Seville Star
Seville to star
Woman trainer fined for doping
Eve Johnson Houghton was handed a
£1,000 fine by the disciplinary panel of
the British Horseracing Authority yester-
day as the hearings into positive tests for
morphine on eight horses this season came
to a conclusion in London.
Earlier this year seven horses tested pos-
itive for morphine, including the Queen s
Estimate, and were all disqualified but no
action was taken against the trainers as it
was the BHA s position that the horses had
encountered contaminated feed.
However, an eighth case, the Johnson
Houghton-trained Charlie Wells who won
at Chepstow in June, was heard separately
by the BHA s disciplinary panel, as the other
seven had used a Dodson & Horrell product,
Alfalfa Oil Plus.
Johnson Houghton said: "I ve been fined.
It s disappointing but there you go, what
can you do about it.
"The difference between my case and the
others was that I use a straight feed and
not a compound. The BHA felt that I should
have traced it back further.
"I m disappointed, but that s a line under
the matter now and we can move on."
The panel heard that Johnson Houghton
told investigating officers she obtained all
feed products from supplier John Toomer
& Sons. She had also stated that she liked
to have a regular turnover of feed and did
not keep more than was required for one
week. She added that she did not keep sam-
ples of feedstuff nor record batch numbers.
Johnson Houghton informed the BHA
that all the horses on her yard were also fed
a mash , which she prepared on the yard
using raw materials.
One of the ingredients was linseed which
was boiled on the yard. The linseed, which
was supplied via a chain of wholesalers,
was sourced from GB Seeds, a company
that specialises in bird seed.
A sample of the linseed had been obtained
by the BHA chief veterinary officer in which
various other types of material had been
identified, suggesting possible contamination
of the produce.
A portion of this sample of linseed had
also been sent for a full scan analysis and
no prohibited substance had been found.
Johnson Houghton had instructed Inde-
pendent Equine Nutrition to conduct an
independent analysis of the same bag of
linseed and the result of this analysis was
positive for morphine. The panel noted that
Johnson Houghton mixes bags of linseed
which could have explained the inconsis-
tencies of the materials contained in the
The panel heard that it had not been pos-
sible to identify the source of the morphine
and codeine in the sample of Charlie Wells.
However, the BHA had accepted that the
source of the prohibited substances was
likely to have been either contamination of
the raw materials used to produce the mash
that was fed to the horse, or contamination
when mixing the mash itself on Johnson
Houghton s yard.
After considering the evidence, including
submissions from Johnson Houghton, the
panel was unable to establish the source of
the substance, and could not therefore be
satisfied that the administration of the sub-
stance was accidental and imposed a fine.
13-23 --- 10.30 am
3-18 --- 6.30 pm
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 8
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSONMAN 13 7 5 25
15 SICK WOMAN 3
18 WATERBOAT 5 9 2 16
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLESNAKE 8 8 3 19
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN
30 HOUSE CAT
31 PARSONWIFE 2 9 3 14
34 BLIND MAN
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: WEDNESDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to October 22
17 (Pigeon) 1 pm
12 (King) 10.30 am
16 (Jamette) 6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
28 (Red Fish)
21 (Mouth)---10.30 am
1 (Centipede)---1 pm
9 (Cattle)---6.30 pm
Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer Philip Fen-
ton has been fined 6,000 euro for possession of
steroids and other banned substances at his sta-
Fenton faced eight charges after a cardboard box
hidden in the horse spa in his yard in County Tip-
perary was found packed with 25 bottles and con-
tainers of animal remedies on January 18 2012.
Among them was one kilo of the anabolic steroid
Nitrotain in a paste form in a black tub - enough
for 250 doses - and a 20ml bottle of a second per-
formance-enhancing drug Ilium Stanabolic.
Fenton did not give evidence in the one-day hear-
ing in Carrick-on-Suir District Court and refused
to explain afterwards why he had the steroids in his
Nitrotain is a fast-acting steroid which builds up
muscle mass, improves stamina and toughens bones.
It is one of the most potent drugs of its kind and
four times stronger than the other which contained
the active ingredient Stanozolol - best known after
Canadian athlete Ben Johnson tested positive for it
after winning Olympic gold in Seoul 1988.
The trial heard Nitrotain s effects take only two
weeks to kick in but it is difficult to detect as no
traces are found in a horse after two days.
Walking from the courthouse Fenton declined to
comment, except to say he would give the verdict
and sentence consideration.
Fenton, 49, who has enjoyed big-race successes
with Dunguib and Last Instalment, attempted to
have the case thrown out over the way the veterinary
inspectors carried out the search at his yard and the
Judge Timothy Lucey rejected the application but
criticised officials in the Department of Agriculture
for what he called "sloppiness" over their failure to
label the bottles and containers in the box as soon
as they were uncovered.
Buywise was trimmed into 10/1 from 14s by Sky
Bet for the Paddy Power Gold Cup after making
a winning reappearance over hurdles at Ludlow.
Despite trainer Evan Williams suggesting before-
hand that his charge would be badly in need of the
race, he was sent of the 10/11 favourite for the Racing
Welfare Novices Hurdle.
He looked to face a stiffish task up against Nicky
Henderson s Area Fifty One, who had to carry a 7lb
penalty for a recent win, but three lengths separated
them at the line.
Paul Moloney was keen to keep Buywise in the
thick of the action and took up the running early
in the straight.
He was not all out to keep his main rival at bay
but had to work fairly hard to register the win,
although the performance was just what Williams
would have wanted with bigger targets over fences
Williams was delighted with the performance
and felt it was just what the doctor ordered.
"It was nice, it was just what he needed as he
needed a race, and he got a race," said the train-
"I didn t want to just tootle around, I wanted him
to get racing which is why I ran him over two miles,
the owners thought I was mad but I think he ll
"He ll have entries in both the Paddy Power and
the Hennessy and we ll just see which way we go.
"He s a very good horse, it just took us a fair bit
to get him going last year. He was rooting his fences
last season and that is something he needs to sort
Drugs fine for
Eve Johnson Houghton...It's disappointing
for Gold Cup
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