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Friday, 18 January, 2019

Owner-breeders launch new equestrian product at Bangor

Debbie Potter, James Potter and Sian Cawallader Hinkins at Bangor
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A new equestrian product, Canter Carpet, has been launched by racehorse owner-breeders James and Jean Potter.

The Potters, whose best horses have included Midnight Tour, Kayf Grace and Hector's Choice, and whose most recent runner Guitar Georgia finished mid-division at Windsor on Monday, have through their company produced the new equestrian surface, which is made from recycled carpet fibres.

The surface is designed to offer softer landings to horse and rider in arenas, pens, turnouts and on gallops, and was launched at Bangor, where The Potter Group sponsored a race on ladies' day and are also now sponsors of the penultimate fence on the course.

Debbie Potter, director at The Potter Group, said: “We’re so delighted to have officially launched Canter Carpet at this summer’s ladies’ day event. We have a great association with Bangor and it was the perfect opportunity to showcase our product."

Sherry banned after testing positive for cocaine

Apprentice jockey Thomas Sherry has been banned for four years after testing positive for a metabolite of cocaine at Gowran in June.

Sherry pleaded guilty at a referrals committee hearing on Thursday to breaking rule 277(i) in that he produced a sample containing a prohibited substance.

The rider is able to reapply for his licence next year, when a partial suspension of his penalty could be considered “depending on evidence of [his] positive engagement with medical, employment, counselling and associated matters”.

Sherry had been enjoying his best season, riding three winners for boss Ado McGuinness, including two from two on Aussie Valentine.

Also on Thursday, trainers Henry de Bromhead and Michael Hourigan were fined €1,000 and €200 respectively, and each ordered to pay €400 costs, after their horses Visioman and Old Head tested positive for banned raceday substances.

Birkett escapes nasty fall with nothing more than dislocated shoulder

Jockey Shelley Birkett will not rush back after escaping a nasty incident at Yarmouth on Wednesday evening with nothing more than a dislocated shoulder.

Birkett was taken to hospital after coming off Terri Rules, trained by her mother Julia Feilden. The three-year-old played up at the start, rearing in the stalls, and once released veered right and unseated Birkett immediately. 

However, the rider, who has partnered ten winners in 2018, was relieved to discover the diagnosis was not as bad as first feared. She said: "I'm not too bad. It's not as bad as we thought. I got taken for x-rays on my shoulder and there were no chips or breaks so they popped it back in and I was able to come home, so it's just a dislocation and I won't be out for too long.

"I'll see how it goes, I've dislocated my other shoulder quite a few times and I normally give it a few days and see how it is. You've got to be careful in case it comes out again, the ligaments can take some time to heal, so I'll take it day by day and not rush it. Luckily it was just a dislocated shoulder and I'm well prepared for that."

Newmarket: major supporter in Dubai

Dubai new sponsor of £500,000 Cesarewitch

Dubai will sponsor the first £500,000 Cesarewitch in October as part of a wider partnership with Newmarket that has been extended to 2022.

Dubai, which also backs the Future Champions festival at the Rowley Mile on October 12 and 13 during which the Cesarewitch is run, takes over from Betfred as sponsors of the 2m2f handicap. The prize-money has been boosted this season as part of an improved package for staying horses.

Amy Starkey, regional director for Jockey Club Racecourses, east region, said: “We are delighted that in extending its partnership with Newmarket for a further five years, Dubai has also added the Cesarewitch to its sponsorship portfolio.

“It is our aim that the Cesarewitch is eventually worth £1m and that it becomes one of the most anticipated and competitive races in the racing calendar. Our ambitions for the race are supported by the BHA race planning committee, and step one towards achieving this target is the Dubai £500,000 Cesarewitch in 2018.”

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