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Haggas calls for Scotney to attend seminar

LEADING lights in the Newmarket training community are set to attend the latest seminar on ‘inside information' a week onTuesday - although one trainer is also calling for BHA security chief Paul Scotney to be in attendance.

Last month the National Trainers' Federation hit out at the BHA for being "hostile" and "unnecessarily provocative" over the issue of inside information, and creating a false impression that there was widespread skulduggery in the sport.

Scotney had issued a general warning to trainers that those who do not attenda seminar, or alternatively complete a computer-based training module, risked losing their licences.

The first such seminar, held at Middleham on August 12, was attended by the likes of Mark Johnston, James Bethell, Karl Burke, George Moore and KeithReveley, who voiced their deep scepticism of the process and indignation at Scotney's threat.

The BHA is likely to find similar sentiments among Newmarket trainers during the 45-minute seminar on September 9.                                                               
William Haggas, who is also the NTF representative on the BHA race planning committee, said on Monday: "I'm booked in to attend and I hope Mr Scotney isthere to talk to us as he didn't make it to the first seminar."

NTF president Chris Wall has completed the module but plans to go, as does Sir Mark Prescott, who said: "I have booked to go. I want to hear what they say."

However, Luca Cumani has yet to decide whether he will attend, and said: "I will have to see, but my inclination would be to complete the module when it comes."

Jeremy Noseda said: "I am going to complete the module - I have no intention of going to the seminar."

And Clive Brittain is another likely absentee. He said: "I think at this stage of my career I will be filling in the module."


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