LEGENDARY gambler Noel Furlong has been hit with a E2,000 fine by the Turf Club's Appeals & Referrals Committee for using the Curragh training grounds with two horses that had not been returned as being in training.
Using The Curragh costs EUR475 for six months for each horse and trainers based there are required to return their horses in training so that they can be charged the necessary fees.
Not much has gone right for Furlong in his first year from his new purpose-built yard at Pollardstown, which is not all that far from the racecourse grandstand. He had no runners until September despite buying some well-bred horses the previous year.
Liam Roche, nephew of Christy, has been fined EUR1,000 for the same offence, but with only one horse. He started training in August at Blackmiller Hill on the edge of the Curragh and had his first winner with Celtic Warrior at Leopardstown on the final day of the Flat. The 32-year-old has a string of 15 horses.
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MOSCOW FLYER attempts to win the Tingle Creek Chase for the third successive year at Sandown on Saturday, when the opposition will include Kauto Star and Ashley Brook. Jessica Harrington's stable star unseated Barry Geraghty at his first attempt at the Tingle Creek in 2002 but horse and rider were unlucky that day because another horse collided with them.
In last year's race Moscow Flyer really asserted his authority to beat Azertyuiop and Well Chief and he should win again despite being beaten by Central House on his return in the Fortria Chase at Navan a fortnight ago.
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HELENSBURGH has been disqualified from his win in the Budweiser Handicap at the Galway festival. The Pat Hughes-trained winner was found to have prohibited substances ambroxol and bromhexine in his sample and the race has been awarded to second-placed Sea Skate.
The decision means an extra winner for Emmett Butterly and one fewer for Declan McDonogh who rode Helensburgh.
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ATTHERACES will cover more races in Ireland next year. It reckons to show 250-plus meetings this year but that will be increased by at least 50 per cent in 2006.
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