Bailey, who intends to cut his stable strength from 80 to 65, is, along with Toby Balding, the only current trainer to have sent out winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Grand National.
Away from racing his life has been traumatic and he faces proceedings on a charge of conspiring with a private detective to burgle the home of his former stable jockey Norman Williamson. A pre-committal review of the case commenced at Bow Street Magistrates Court in London yesterday.
n Direct Route heads the British party on today's opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Adrian Maguire will replace Paul Carberry on Dorans Pride in tomorrow's Heineken Gold Cup. Carberry is in hospital recovering from emergency surgery on his spleen.
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