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Top trainer fined and England hit with ban

GRAND National-winning trainer Sue Smith has been fined £3,000 by the stewards at Southwell over the running and riding of Emral Silk.

Conditional jockey Jonathan England was suspended for 18 days and the horse banned from running for 40 days following the 32Red.com "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

Emral Silk, a 12-1 chance, finished seventh of eight behind the winner John Reel, beaten a total of 42 lengths on his hurdles debut.

"They have been found in breach of schooling and conditioning in public," said stipendiary steward Robert Sidebottom.

"We felt that the jockey didn't make all reasonable substantial effort to achieve the best possible placing."

England's ban runs from November 25 to 30 and December 1 to 12 as it was his second offence within 12 to 24 months. Emral Silk is prohibited from competing in a race from November 14 to December 24.



CARLISLE'S Graduation Chase looked a good event on paper and so it proved with less than a length separating the front three but the third, Imperial Vic, was by far the least experienced of the trio and surely has some nice races in him.

Michael Smith's classy novice has shown his best form on much better ground than the heavy he was asked to race on in Cumbria, so it is to his credit that he battled back gamely once headed.

His enthusiastic trainer is certainly not one to shirk a challenge and it would be no surprise to see him turn up in something like the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster later in the season, as he is more likely to get his favoured surface there.