Racing: Jockeys' solicitor acts to end phone dispute

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The Jockey Club were last night considering a move by Martin Cruddace, solicitor for the 110 jockeys involved in the current mobile phone wrangle, to end the dispute.

The Club's public relations director John Maxse said: "Martin Cruddace has asked that we give his proposal due consideration and give him an answer by Friday, which we will certainly do so. The proposal is currently being circulated to the Senior Steward and the Jockey Club's Directors."

Cruddace has called for an independent mediator to help resolve the disagreement. He said: "I call on the Jockey Club to join with me to formally appoint an independent Leading Counsel to mediate between the respective parties." Cruddace also outlined seven conditions he has recommended the jockeys to accept concerning the use of mobile phones.

Guineas filly put down

Jeremy Noseda's filly Park Accord, 16-1 joint second favourite with stablemate Carry On Katie for next year's 1000 Guineas, had to be put down after being injured on the Newmarket gallops yesterday.

Noseda said: "Unfortunately Park Accord fractured her right hind cannon bone at exercise this morning and had to be humanely destroyed. I'm extremely sad and disappointed for her owners Seamus and Patricia Burns and their family. It's a huge loss to my staff and myself as she was a filly with enormous talent and potential."

* Jump jockey Ruby Walsh, who rides regularly for Paul Nicholls in Britain, will be out of action for eight weeks after fracturing his right hip in a fall at Listowel on Monday.