Ascot's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes a fortnight on Saturday could be set for a small field judged on the list of acceptors published yesterday. Of 45 original entries only 16 stand their ground at the first forfeit stage for the pounds 500,000 contest. The Group One event traditionally sees the best of the Classic generation taking on their elders at a mile- and-a-half for the first time and has been won by a three-year-old in six of the last seven runings. Only five of that age remain in the race, though that group includes Derby and Oaks winners Shaamit and Lady Carla respectively. Older horses left in include Classic Cliche, Halling and Pentire.Reuse content
Anthony Papotto, formerly a registered owner had his disqualified- person's status extended for five years for breaches of the rules of racing. During the period of Papotto's first ban, imposed for failing to pay training fees, he attended race meetings and continued an involvement with horses owned by his mother, Alice Cappuccini. He also applied to register as a stable employee with Roger Ingram under the name Anthony Cappuccini. The Jockey Club's disciplinary committee extended Papotto's ban and ordered that the horses owned by Mrs Cappuccini should be banned from racing until the stewards are satisfied that they have changed hands. Papotto said: "What can I say? The Jockey Club has its own rules. But what amazes me is that my mother has to sell her four horses but can buy more tomorrow."