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Ulster jockey is quizzed over his efforts on Rebel

By Nick Robson

Published 30/11/2016

Suits you Sire: Sire De Grugy will on Saturday at Sandown attempt to win a second successive Tingle Creek, which from next year will be sponsored by NI firm Randox Health
Suits you Sire: Sire De Grugy will on Saturday at Sandown attempt to win a second successive Tingle Creek, which from next year will be sponsored by NI firm Randox Health

Ulster rider Martin Harley has been called to appear before the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority following his ride on Rebel Lightning at Chelmsford earlier this month.

Sent off at 4-1, the three-year-old gelding finished fifth of 13 in a seven-furlong handicap on November 17, beaten six lengths behind Curzon Line.

Harley has been informed he is required to attend a hearing that will consider whether he is in breach of Rule (B)59.4, which governs whether all reasonable and permissible measures are taken to ensure a horse runs on its merits.

The BHA said the potential breach was detected by its internal post-race review processes and subsequently reviewed by the BHA's Disciplinary Officer.

The stewards' report on the day heard Harley report "the gelding was denied a clear run".

The penalty range for a breach of the rule carries an entry point of a 10-day suspension, with a range of seven to 21 days. No date has yet been set for the hearing.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland firm Randox Health - the new Grand National backer - has secured the sponsorship of another prestigious jumps race after it was confirmed the company will take over the naming rights for Saturday's Tingle Creek Chase from next year.

The healthcare logistics firm - who last month appointed retired 20-time champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy as a brand ambassador - has moved quickly to add the prestigious Grade One to its expanding portfolio at Jockey Club Racecourses-owned venues.

Randox Health's global marketing manager Eamon Lenehan said: "We are taking our lead from the Jockey Club to look at what will be good assets to bed ourselves within racing."

Having in March been confirmed as replacing Crabbie's as sponsors of the world's most famous race on an initial five-year deal, Randox Health turned its attention to Cheltenham, first sponsoring two £50,000 handicap chases at the Showcase meeting and then backing the County Hurdle.

"We are looking for a spread throughout the year to maximise our exposure and make sure our coverage is not peaking and troughing," added Lenehan.

Randox Health was founded by Dr Peter Fitzgerald in 1982 from a chicken shed in the backyard of his parents' Crumlin home and has grown from humble beginnings to become well established within the healthcare industry as the UK's largest diagnostics company.

Randox Health will also fulfill sponsorship opportunities on the Flat next summer, back at Sandown in June and then at Newmarket in August.

CATTERICK: 1.00 Leading Score, 1.30 Does It In Style, 2.00 Oscar O'Scar, 2.30 Tara View, 3.00 Laissez Dire, 3.30 Hit And Run.

FFOS LAS: 1.20 For Instance, 1.50 Babeny Bridge, 2.20 Call The Cops, 2.50 Southport, 3.20 Copper Birch, 3.55 Esspresso.

KEMPTON: 4.25 Deer Song, 4.55 Free Zone, 5.25 Endless Charm, 5.55 Ghaseedah, 6.25 Habbad, 6.55 Rightway, 7.25 Hold Hands, 7.55 Arcanista.

LINGFIELD: 12.10 Tarseekh, 12.40 Bargain Buy, 1.10 Ninety Years Young, 1.40 PINZOLO (NAP), 2.10 Take Two, 2.40 Isharah, 3.10 Plus Night, 3.40 Leyland.

DOUBLE: Pinzolo and Laissez Dire.

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