Racing: Reveley fined for public schooling

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Mary Reveley responded angrily after being fined £750 when one of her horses, Myline, was adjudged to have been schooled in public at Wetherby yesterday. Myline, a jumping debutant, finished a never-dangerous seventh behind Benbyas and was suspended from racing for 30 days. His jockey, Alan Dempsey, was banned for five days. The stewards' secretary, Phil Tuck, said: "The horse wasn't asked for sufficient effort – they are the minimum penalties."

However, Mrs Reveley responded: "It's unbelievable. There's no way he was schooled in public. Alan had the chance to ride Benbyas but I said to him that our horse had a squeak of beating it. Alan said he couldn't go the pace. He didn't have the toe and he'll want more than two miles over hurdles.

"It annoys you when you are trying your best but there is no point in appealing – it's a waste of time."

Reveley also ruled out her Peterborough Chase flop Sleeping Night from the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day. "They burst him early on in the Peterborough as he isn't a speed horse. When he runs next, it will be at three miles."

* The conditional jockey Dominic Elsworth suffered a broken right leg in a fall from Nova Champ at Wetherby yesterday.

* Sir Stanley Clarke has added Yarmouth racecourse to his rapidly growing portfolio. His Northern Racing company has reached a deal with the local council to run the track for the next 125 years.

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