Saturday 19 August 2017

Lambe and Turf Club in court in Northern Ireland

Trainer Alan King. Photo: Getty Images
Trainer Alan King. Photo: Getty Images

Johnny Ward

James Lambe's dispute with the Turf Club continues in the courts in Belfast today.

Lambe, who for many years trained in Northern Ireland, was refused renewal of his licence in March of last year as the Turf Club implemented a new rule whereby anybody declared bankrupt is prohibited from holding a licence. He was the first trainer to fall foul of this new regulation.

Turf Club CEO Denis Egan confirmed: "Mr Lambe has issued proceedings against the Turf Club regarding a refusal to renew his licence in 2016 based on his bankruptcy status at that time. The Turf Club is defending this matter fully and will not be commenting further."

Submissions will be made to the judge today before he decides whether the case can be heard in Northern Ireland, understood to be Lambe's preference, or in the Republic.

Lambe has not renewed his licence this year, though Nicole McKenna, his step-daughter, has been training from his old yard. He was not available for comment yesterday.

Meanwhile, Alan King has been fined £2,000 (€2300) after Yanworth failed a drugs test following the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March. The horse tested positive for triamcinolone acetonide (TCA), an anti-inflammatory which may be legitimately used on horses in training but is banned on raceday.

Elsewhere, Jack Hobbs was the most notable scratch from declarations for tomorrow's Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, with nine left in for the Group One. Lively terrain is the reasoning.

Permian was also taken out and Aidan O'Brien reduced his team to favourite Cliffs Of Moher and Taj Mahal. David Simcock has two contenders, with Desert Encounter and Lightning Spear, while Decorated Knight, Ulysses, Eminent and Barney Roy also feature.

Two meetings take place in Ireland this evening, with the July Festival continuing with a Flat card at Bellewstown, while Wexford - which no longer has Flat racing - welcomes jumpers.

Bellewstown's feature is the €20,000 Scotch Hall Shopping Centre Ladies Day Handicap. Total Demolition seems rather reliant on a strong gallop but he is in the form to go well at an each-way quote for John Larkin.

At Wexford, the Mary Barry's Seafood Bar Handicap Hurdle is a poor affair, such that Mezajy may be able to get off the mark for Cloughjordan trainer/rider Denis Hogan. He makes plenty of each-way appeal.

In the Grade Three Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary last evening, JP McManus enjoyed a terrific 1-2 - but not in the order punters expected.

Plinth, sent off 16/1 under Jody McGarvey, took control after the second-last, while Kitten Rock ran a fine race in second. Evens favourite Ivan Grozny was third.

Relative to market expectations Sirici has been an over-achiever from the start and she surpassed herself when landing the Listed Coolmore Pride Of Dubai Tipperary Stakes at 14/1, providing a big-race winner for young trainer Fozzy Stack.

Sligo resumes on Sunday week after the course was passed fit for Jumps racing this year.

Irish Independent

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