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Lawyer Defends Fallon as 'Driven by Desire to Win'

Lawyer Defends Fallon as 'Driven by Desire to Win'

A lawyer for six-time British champion jockey Kieren Fallon told a London court Oct. 10 the suggestion Fallon deliberately tried to lose races was absurd. On the third day of trial, John Kelsey-Fry described his client as "a man driven by the desire to win." Prosecutors allege the jockey won five of the 17 races he was supposed to lose and cost the betting syndicate £338,000.

Numbers Down as Goffs Concludes Sportsman's Sale

A Danetime yearling colt topped the second and final day of the Sportsman's Sale at Goffs in Ireland on Oct. 5. The day's trading failed to stem the fall in business seen during the Sportsman's Sale this year as against 2006. The aggregate, average, median and clearance rate were all significantly down.

EI Crisis Prompts Change in Australian Auction Dates

In what appears to be a bellwether for upcoming Thoroughbred events in Australia, Inglis & Son Sales company announced it will move the dates of all its yearling sales next year. The major New South Wales race clubs are expected to announce next week they will both be changing their race dates, too.

Holy Roman Emperor Will Stay in Australia

Coolmore in Australia has bowed to broodmare pressure and will not be sending former champion galloper Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'on Vite) back home. The European two-time group I winner is instead out of quarantine and is heading to the stud's New South Wales farm to cover mares for the remainder of the year.

Queensland Declares EI Natural Disaster

Queensland Declares EI Natural Disaster

The Queensland racing industry is in ruin, so Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has declared the horse flu crisis a "natural disaster." She has placed the state's Disaster Management Group in charge of handling the outbreak and announced an emergency relief package for people directly employed in the racing industry.

Warwick Outbreak Forces Rosehill to Cancel Meet

New South Wales racing was to return Sept. 22 to Sydney's Rosehill Gardens, with 12 races planned and more than 210 horses engaged. The morning of the meeting, that all changed. Horses at Warwick Farm, a track that had previously been clean of equine influenza, came down with the virus. Rosehill officials were forced to scrap the meeting, as many horses set to compete had been trained at Warwick.

Elusive Quality Will Breed in Australia

Darley has decided to send one of the world's truly great stallions, Elusive Quality, to the New South Wales Hunter Valley's purple zone. The farm decided Sept. 21 which stallions to send home and which will remain in Australia to cover mares for the remainder of the crippled NSW breeding season.

Construction to Begin on Dubai Mega Track

The awarding of two building contracts Sept. 17 will allow construction to begin immediately on Meydan Racecourse, a new world-class track being built in Dubai. The racetrack, featuring a grandstand that will span one kilometer, is expected to be completed in two years and open in 2010 for the 15th renewal of the Dubai World Cup meeting.

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