Racing: Osborne cleared to return at Ascot

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The Independent Online
AFTER A year of turmoil, Jamie Osborne can return to race-riding. Out of racecourse action since breaking a wrist at Cheltenham last November and questioned by police investigating race-fixing and doping allegations, Osborne yesterday received clearance from the Licensing Committee of the Jockey Club for the return of his riding licence.

Osborne's fall from Space Trucker last November resulted in a multiple fracture but a potentially greater threat to his career emerged when his jockey's licence was temporarily withdrawn after he was questioned, but not charged by police last January.

Osborne is likely to make his return to the saddle at Ascot on Saturday, where he has already been booked to ride Sherganzar in the opening juvenile novices' hurdle and Coome Hill in the John Durkan Leukaemia Trust Handicap Chase.

Tomorrow's meeting at Nottingham is under threat and subject to an inspection at 8.30am today. "Racing has now moved into the very doubtful category," the clerk of the course, Charlie Moore, said.

The top-class German filly Borgia, unraced since sustaining a tendon injury in the Dubai World Cup in March, was a creditable second to Moteck on her first run for Andre Fabre in the Group Three Prix de Flore at Saint-Cloud yesterday.

RICHARD EDMONDSON

Nap: Shekels

(Cheltenham 4.00)

NB: Shore Party

(Cheltenham 2.50)

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