Racing: Cumani cleared of negligence

Luca Cumani was cleared in the High Court yesterday of negligence over an accident in which a stable lad, David Marr, suffered a serious hip injury. A filly being exercised by Marr, 22, reared and fell over backwards on to him. But a damages action brought against the Newmarket trainer was dismissed by Mr Justice Drake who ruled that the trainer had not acted unreasonably in allowing the lad to ride two-year-old Peardrop back to the stables alone.