Pipe fined under non triers rule

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The Jockey Club's purge on non-triers resulted in punishments for Martin Pipe and Jonothan Lower at Fontwell yesterday over the running of Shikaree in the juvenile novices' hurdle. Pipe was fined a relatively paltry pounds 375 and his jockey, Lower, was suspended for three days on the grounds that Shikaree had been tenderly ridden to finish third to Symbol Of Success and Bures.

Pipe was not present, but his son, David, who represented him, was interviewed by the stewards along with Lower, who said that his instructions were to jump off with the pace to get the horse jumping and take it up at the second last. However, the officials decided that the horse had been given an easy introduction.

Lower, whose ban runs from 8-10 June, said: "I can't believe the decision and I shall be taking the video of the race back with me for Mr Pipe to view.

"My horse was completely outpaced going down the back. At the end the second was stopping and my horse was keeping on at one pace. This might have made it look worse."

Under the new non-triers rule the stewards had the power to suspend Shikaree for 30 days, an option they declined.

Symbol Of Success completed a double for Tony McCoy which took his season's tally to 73, and helped him past the record for a conditional jockey set by Adrian Maguire.

At Chepstow, Song Of Tara, an IRgns1.5m brother to Salsabil, started to justify his purchase price when romping home by 7 lengths in the maiden for three-year-olds. Trained, but not raced by Vincent O'Brien last year, this was his track debut for Peter Chapple-Hyam.

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