Racing: Katarino second to Homme at Auteuil

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KATARINO, THE Triumph Hurdle winner, finished second to Homme du Jour in the Prix Renaud du Vivier Hurdle at Auteuil yesterday. Homme du Jour made the early running before Mick Fitzgerald, Katarino's jockey, sent his mount into a three-length lead down the far side. However, the two-and-a-half mile trip on holding ground stretched Katarino's stamina to the limit on his seasonal debut and Homme du Jour ran out a comfortable winner in the end.

The trainer James Adam was fined pounds 1,500 and the jockey Tim Reed was suspended for 10 days over the running and riding of Chevalier Errant in a novice chase at Ayr. The stewards decided Reed had not made sufficient effort and found him guilty of breaching Rule 151 (ii) and Adam guilty of breaching Rules 151 (i) and (iii) - the rule governs horses being run on their merits and that the rider should give them a full opportunity to win or obtain the best possible placing. Chevalier Errant, who stayed on up the straight to take third place behind Sikander A Azam, was banned from running for 40 days, starting on Wednesday.

The trainer Mouse Morris took the Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan with Foxchapel King (11-2). The winner caught Buck Rogers at the last fence to win by a length. Morris said: "We may look at the Irish Grand National for him next Easter." Morris also won the handicap hurdle with Boss Doyle (12-1). Morris said: "We will find another couple of races over hurdles for him to boost his confidence, and won't be jumping fences with him until later in the season."

n Ian Mongan, an amateur jockey, escaped serious injury when he was cannoned into the wing of the final flight as his mount Bigwig ran out in a handicap hurdle at Towcester.

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