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Danny Mullins eager for speedy return after heavy tumble at Limerick

Danny Mullins: "It's great to be out of hospital anyway and fingers crossed I won't be out of action for too long"
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Jump jockey Danny Mullins is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering a heavy fall from Summer Hill at Limerick last week. 

Just how long Mullins will be out of the saddle remains unclear as the rider is awaiting the opinion of a specialist.

He explained: "I had an MRI on Monday and all went well so I don't need an operation. I have a back brace on, but I am not sure about the timescale on how long I will be out for yet."

Mullins added: "I am going to see a specialist in Santry on Monday and I will know more from there. It's great to be out of hospital anyway and fingers crossed I won't be out of action for too long."

Kiwi legend Laxon dies at 75

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Laurie Laxon, who went on to become a dominant force in racing in Singapore, has died at the age of 75.

Kiwi Laxon captured Australia's greatest race in 1988 with Empire Rose by when Noble Heights had made him a Classic winner in his homeland by landing the New Zealand 1,000 Guineas seven years earlier.

He also won a Hong Kong Cup in 1993 with Romanee Conti and then stained his name on the sport's history in Singapore, saddling more than 1,000 winners and earning nine training titles after relocating there in 1999.

Mohamed Moubarak quits Britain for a second time to return to the US

Group 1-winning trainer Mohamed Moubarak has brought to an end his second spell in the Newmarket training ranks and is to shortly return to the US.

Moubarak restarted his career British career in 2016 after a 24-year hiatus and was last operating out of Linden Lodge Stables on Rowley Drive. Prior to his Newmarket return Moubarak was operating as a racing manager in the US to his main backer, Mahmoud Fustok.

Moubarak's life changed in 2006 after Fustok was killed crossing a road in Florida, less than a year after Silver Train had won the Breeders' Cup Sprint for the team.

Moubarak saddled his final runner, Baba Resa, at Newmarket’s July festival last Thursday to bring an end to a six-season stay during which time he saddled 31 winners in Britain, seven of which came this year.

In his first spell in Newmarket, the 55-year-old tasted Group 1 glory with Magnificent Star in the Yorkshire Oaks in 1991 and Group 2 success with the likes of Made Of Gold and Green Line Express.

Eldin funeral date set

The funeral of Classic-winning jockey Eric Eldin is to be held on Tuesday, July 20, at the West Suffolk Crematorium, Bury St Edmunds, at 1pm.

Eldin, who died on July 4 aged 88, enjoyed his finest hour in the saddle when partnering Front Row to victory in the Irish 1,000 Guineas in 1968 and later enjoyed great success as a trainer in Newmarket.

There is no limit on numbers at the funeral and the wearing of face masks is optional. Family flowers only.

Extinction delayed

Four women charged with obstructing or disrupting a person engaged in a lawful activity when staging a climate change protest at Royal Ascot last month pleaded not guilty to the offence at East Berkshire Magistrates' Court in Slough on Tuesday.

The individuals, linked to the Extinction Rebellion climate change movement, made it on to the track on the Saturday of the royal meeting when the Queen was in attendance.

Jessica Agar, 21, Samantha Smithson, 39, Lucy Porter, 46, and Sally Davidson, 33, were quickly arrested by Thames Valley Police and there was little disruption to the fixture with Nick Smith, Ascot's director of racing and public affairs, describing it as "a minor incident" which "barely got noticed".

The protesters arrived for a court hearing on Tuesday when they denied the charges after which a case management hearing was set for August 3 at 9.30am at Reading Magistrates' Court.

At the time, police said they were "not able to confirm" how they were able to get on to the course, but it is understood all four had worked as catering staff on the previous days at Royal Ascot.

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I am going to see a specialist in Santry on Monday and I will know more from there
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