Mark Popham

French Derby Distance Could Be Shortened

France Galop said Sept. 20 it's considering a proposal from its new president, Baron Edouard de Rothschild, who has suggested shortening the distance of the Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-I), the French Derby, from 2,400 meters (12 furlongs) to 2,100 meters (10.5 furlongs).

Jockeys, Trainers Charged by British Jockey Club

The British Jockey Club has charged two jockeys, Gary Carter and Pat McCabe, and a trainer, Shaun Keightley, with holding horses back in flat races following investigations. The cases center on Christopher Coleman, a bettor and London tailor who was warned off for two years in January 2003.

Major Reforms Part of Agreement in Great Britain

Peter Savill, who will step down at the end of June after six years as chairman of the British Horseracing Board, announced an agreement June 10 that should end the Office of Fair Trading's investigation into British racing. Businessman Martin Broughton will take over from Savill.

Additional Claims of Race Fixing in Great Britain Denied

The British Jockey Club has reacted with disbelief to the claim of Chris Bell of the Ladbrokes bookmaking firm that at least one race a day in Britain is fixed. Bell made his point in an interview with BBC2 Television's "The Money Program," which is set to be broadcast on Tuesday, June 1.

Fallon Given 21 Days for Controversial Ride

Kieren Fallon, Britain's champion jockey last year, was banned for 21 days Monday by the British Jockey Club following his short-head defeat on maiden Ballinger Ridge at Lingfield Park in Surrey March 2. An investigation into unusual betting on the race wil continue.

Lady Carla Tops Tattersalls Wednesday Session

Ten-year-old Lady Carla, the 1996 Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) heroine, topped the penultimate day's business at Tattersalls' December Sale Wendesday when selling for 1,050,000 guineas ($1,896,300) to Timmy Hyde, owner of Camas Park Stud in Co Tipperary, and Coolmore Stud's Paul Shanahan.

British Tote Monopoly to End

The British government, in a surprise move, has limited the extension of the Tote's current pool betting monopoly to seven years from when the betting organization is bought by a racing trust next year.

23% Increase for Tattersalls Dec. Foal Sale

A record-breaking largest ever Tattersalls December Foal Sale concluded in Newmarket last night with a 21,157,000 guineas turnover for 738 sold, up 23% on the amount yielded by 585 sold a year ago.

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