Racing: Ramsden denies Top Cees `red herrings'

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The trainer Lynda Ramsden was accused in the High Court yesterday of deliberately setting "red herrings" to explain a "turnaround" in the form of Top Cees which won the 1995 Chester Cup after having come fifth three weeks earlier in a race at Newmarket.

Mrs Ramsden denied the accusation by Richard Hartley QC, counsel for The Sporting Life, but agreed that she gave "no explanation" for the win in an interview with Channel 4 after the race in May 1995.

Mrs ramsden, 48, her husband Jack and champion jockey Kieren Fallon were accused by The Sporting Life of arranging for the horse not to win the Swaffham Handicap at Newmarket on 18 April, 1995, in order to lengthen the odds on it in the subsequent race.

The three are suing the newspaper over an editorial the day after the Swaffham Handicap was run, which accused them of cheating.

The trial continues.