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TONY McCOY, the champion National Hunt jockey, could be banned for up to three weeks after being found guilty of using his whip with excessive frequency by the stewards at Fontwell yesterday. His case was referred to the Jockey Club's Disciplinary Committee and, if found guilty, he faces a suspension of at least 14 days. His chances of appearing at the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday fortnight as anything other than a spectator are slim.

Racing: Earthmover grounded

PAUL NICHOLLS faces a race against time to get Earthmover fully fit for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on 28 November. Last season's Cheltenham Foxhunter Chase winner took a crashing fall at Newton Abbot on Wednesday and Nicholls reported yesterday: "Earthmover has sustained a haematoma between his front legs which is very sore today and it will be a fight against time to have him ready for the Newbury race."

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LVMH, the French luxury goods group headed by Bernard Arnault, is one of nearly 70 parties who have expressed an interest in buying Yardley from the receivers, it emerged over the weekend.

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Racing: Danoli knocked out of Ireland's Hennessy

Danoli is out of next Sunday's Hennessy Cognac Cup at Leopardstown and possibly the rest of the season after knocking himself while walking on the road. The Grey Monk, who is still recovering from a cold, is also out of the Leopardstown race.

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Racing: Distance learning for Trying Again

Britain's most exciting young steeplechaser, Simply Dashing, is due to run on Saturday. But the venue is yet to be decided - leaving two race tracks, Ascot and Haydock, anxiously awaiting news of who will have the weekend's main attraction.

Racing: Suny Bay's run rests on Brooks' walk

The trainer Charlie Brooks, unhappy with the state of the ground at Newbury, walks the course this morning before deciding whether to run Suny Bay in the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday. Richard Edmondson reports.

Travel: Bubbles for bursting at the millennium

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Racing: Punters have a Suny outlook in the Hennessy Gold Cup

Suny Bay was cut to 5-2 from 4-1 by the bookmakers William Hill yesterday for Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury. The support coincided with growing doubts over the participation of last year's winner, Coome Hill.
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