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Sherwood and Aspell in trouble over non-trier

OLIVER SHERWOOD was fined £3,000 and Leighton Aspell suspended for 14 days after they were found to have failed to run a horse on its merits at Hereford on Wednesday.

The stewards observed Furrows, ridden by Leighton Apsell and trained by Oliver Sherwood, appeared to be "tenderly ridden" in the 2m novices' chase won by Vulcanite.

Oliver Sherwood Trainer

Oliver Sherwood: fined £3,000

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Aspell, the stewards report noted, said his instructions were to "drop in, get the gelding settled and ride him the same as he had been over hurdles" and said that the horse "finds little off the bridle".

Sherwood told the stewards the horse "has a history of leg problems, was an average jumper at home, and had suffered a nasty fall at Sandown earlier in his career".

The stewards ruled that Apsell was in breach of rule (B)59.2, which states a horse must be ridden in such a way that a genuine attempt is made to obtain the best possible placing, and that Sherwood was in breach of Rule (C)45.4 and of schooling/conditioning the horse on the racecourse.

Aspell was banned for 14 days as follows: December 19 - December 22, and December 26 - January 4. Furrows was banned from running in any races from December 7 until January 15.

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