Sherwood in rage over fine for 'schooling' at Hereford
Published 06/12/2012 | 05:00
Trainer Oliver Sherwood feels like "packing it up" after after being fined £3,000 over the running and riding of Furrows in the novice chase at Hereford.
Irish jockey Leighton Aspell was hit with a 14-day ban, while the horse was suspended from running for 40 days after stewards felt Furrows appeared to be tenderly handled when fourth on his debut over fences to Vulcanite and beaten by almost 12 lengths.
The stewards found Sherwood guilty of schooling/conditioning the horse on the racecourse. In his defence, the Upper Lambourn man said the horse had a history of leg problems, was an average jumper at home, and suffered a nasty fall at Sandown earlier in his career.
"I'm absolutely mortified," he fumed. "I've never been accused of anything in 27 years of training. I will be appealing, I don't know how you go about it. I've spoken to the National Trainers Federation.
"I know it didn't look particularly good. My number one priority is horse welfare as the horse nearly died last year at Sandown. It was his first run over fences. The priority was to get round in one piece – I feel like packing it up."
Meanwhile, Tom Mullins is considering a trip across the Irish Sea later this month for King Of Queens. His lightly raced charge is in the shake-up for the valuable Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot on December 22. The seven-year-old made it two from two over hurdles this season with a fine performance at Fairyhouse last Saturday.