Greatrex fine quashed as panel halves Sheehan’s riding ban

Trainer Warren Greatrex has had his £3000 fine quashed – while jockey Gavin Sheehan has had his suspension halved – following their appeal against a judgment of schooling and conditioning Beaufort in public at Newbury.

The disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority cut Sheehan’s ban down from 14 days to seven, as well as wiping out Greatrex’s fine.

The Newbury stewards ruled the horse had appeared to be ridden without substantial effort from Sheehan.

Beaufort was one of three complete outsiders at 250-1 in a 16-runner maiden hurdle over two miles on December 16, and was beaten 76 lengths in 13th place behind odds-on winner Lecale’s Article.

Both Sheehan and Greatrex have had their deposits returned. Full written reasons for the panel’s decision will follow in due course.

Greatrex said: “I’m happy with the result. Obviously I thought I was sure I hadn’t done anything wrong, and it’s been proved that’s the case.”

Stewards ban Sheehan and fine Greatrex over Beaufort run

Jockey Gavin Sheehan is set to miss the busy new year period and the first two weekends of 2021 after being hit with a 14-day ban for his riding of Beaufort at Newbury.

The local stewards also fined trainer Warren Greatrex £3,000 for ‘schooling and conditioning the horse on a racecourse’.

Beaufort was one of three complete outsiders at 250-1 in the 16-strong field and was beaten 76 lengths in 13th place. The horse is suspended from running in any race for 40 days.

Greatrex described the decision as “farcical”, however, and insists he has done nothing wrong.

Beaufort had been beaten a total of 251 lengths in four previous races for him.

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“I have to say it’s just ridiculous,” said Greatrex.

“The horse has got a rating of 87. He has been very keen in the past and hard work at home. Last year he had a couple of runs and he was headstrong. He ran at Newbury last year and finished third and bled after the race.

“We took him to Perth, and Kielan Woods rode. He led again that day, and Kielan Woods said he needed his wind doing and changing the tactics.

“We ran him at Plumpton last Monday when I instructed Gavin to do what Kielan had said, and he did get better as the race went on, but he is what is. I’ve run him today to try and improve him, because I think the more racing he does the better he will get.

“He behaved badly at the start and jumped midfield. But he was keen early on in the race, and Gavin did the best thing by trying to take a pull to settle him. They have said he has not ridden him out to the line. Are we meant to beat horses that are out of contention? He is rated 87, and a 250-1 shot.

“He is not running for a mark, because he has already got one –  I am just trying to get the horse better by running him. It’s farcical. He finished 13th out of 16. What good going forward is it going to do to batter him to finish eighth.”

Greatrex will take advice before deciding to contest the verdict, but did reveal Sheehan intends to appeal. Sheehan returned to action only last month after breaking his wrist.

“I know Gavin plans to appeal,” said Greatrex.

“I will wait to hear from people and seek their advice and go from there. I’m confident I’ve done nothing wrong.

“I feel sorry for Gavin, because he is going to miss 14 important days of racing. He is a good guy that was riding a bad horse. He has done nothing wrong.”

Sheehan’s ban runs from December 30-31, January 1-12 inclusive.

Sheehan hopes to return in time for Simply The Betts

Gavin Sheehan hopes to be fit to ride leading Paddy Power Gold Cup contender Simply The Betts at Cheltenham.

He has been out of action since breaking his right wrist in a fall from the Warren Greatrex-trained Eleanor Grove at Perth on September 23.

But having successfully undergone an operation, along with spending time recuperating at Oaksey House in Lambourn, the 28-year-old aims to start riding out again next week and then hopes to get the green light to return in time for Cheltenham’s big meeting – which starts on Friday.

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Sheehan said: “I’m hoping to be back for the Paddy Power meeting. I had an operation two weeks after the fall and I ended up suffering two fractures, some dislocation and there was also five loose fragments of bone in there.

“I feel like I could ride out now – but because of the wire, which I get out on Wednesday, and screws that were put in it wouldn’t be safe to. The plan is to ride out early next week before race-riding again.

“The recovery has been going well, and I’ve spent a lot of time down at Oaksey House. The movement in the hand took a bit of time to come back because of the wire, and it is fine now, while I never really lost any strength in the wrist.”

Sheehan reports Harry Whittington’s Simply The Betts to be in good order for his first start since landing the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate at the Festival in March.

He added: “He was very impressive at the Cheltenham Festival and he had the best form all last year in my opinion.

“Daryl Jacob has schooled him and said he has been very well – and Joe Quintin, the lad who rides him, phoned me up to tell me he feels much stronger now and is a more complete horse.”

Rouge Vif will step back up to Grade Two company for the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham (David Davies/PA Images)
Rouge Vif will step back up to Grade Two company for the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham (David Davies/PA Images)

Sheehan is equally excited about the chances of stablemate Rouge Vif, who will bid to follow up his victory at the course on his return, when stepping back up in class in the Grade Two Shloer Chase a week on Sunday – one day after Simply The Betts’ anticipated return.

He added: “I was at Cheltenham the other day when Rouge Vif won, and he looked very exciting. He travelled well, and his jumping was good. He looked the whole package.

“He was getting quotes for the Champion Chase afterwards – which is very exciting. He is such a gutsy horse that just has a great attitude.”

Stat of the Day, 1st July 2020

Tuesday's pick was...

6.45 Leicester : Chetan @ 11/4 BOG 8th at 11/10 (Reluctant to race and very slowly away, reached rear of mid-division over 5f out, struggling over 2f out ) A disappointing end to an otherwise excellent month. Personally, I felt the decision to race at Leicester yesterday was farcical.

Wednesday's pick runs in the...

3.10 Southwell :

Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Currently, I'll identify and share the selection between 8.00am and 8.30am and I then add a more detailed write-up later within an hour or so of going "live".

Those happy to take the early price on trust can do so, whilst some might prefer to wait for my reasoning. As I fit the early service in around my family life, I can't give an exact timing on the posts, so I suggest you follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook for instant notifications of a published pick.


Chapmanshype @ 5/1 BOG a 12-runner, Class 2, Handicap Hurdle for 4yo+ over 2m4½f on Good ground worth £8,187 to the winner...


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As we welcome the return of Jumps racing, I'm hoping to kick July off in style with a 6 yr old gelding whose record in hurdle contests at 2 miles at beyond makes for good reading at 2133111, all under today's jockey Gavin Sheehan, including a comfortable win in this grade when last seen (admittedly 9 months ago). His apparent suitability for today's task is highlighted in the Geegeez Shortlist report...

As ever, green means good, whilst grey means there's little/no data to hand, as he's never raced here at Southwell (although his trainer & jockey have good records here, as I'll show in a moment) and the largest field he has raced in so far is 11 runners. Otherwise from those 7 hurdle efforts I mentioned above, he is...

  • 4 from 7 going left handed
  • 4 from 7 for jockey Gavin Sheehan
  • 4 from 6 in a handicap
  • 4 from 6 wearing a tongue tie
  • 3 from 6 on good ground
  • and 1 from 1 at Class 2

And now for our main source of statistical evidence, the racecard itself, which I've expanded to show you the 2 report angles and the 1 query tool angles that I have for this runner today...

Much of this will be self-explanatory to many of you, so please bear with me as I go through it for those who maybe haven't been with us very long.

So, across the card...we have the horse carrying the 4th most weight, his most recent five runs have been good, he has run  with a tongue tie on more than five occasions (as above), he had a wind op more than five runs ago, has won at this distance (well, 42 yards shorter LTO), he's aged 6 and will carry 10st 13lbs.

He is trained by Jamie Snowden who has a good record here at Southwell denoted by C1 (10+ runs at the track in last 365 days, 20%+ win OR 51%+ place) and C5 (25+ runs at the track in the last five years, 15%+ win), whilst jockey Gavin Sheehan also has the C5 icon.

As for the reports, the first two are pretty obvious, but my own SthlHrd needs a little more explanation, but it's actually aligned to the C5 report and refers to a group of trainers I look out for in handicap hurdles at this venue, Jamie Snowden being just one of a dozen.

Now let's take a brief, but closer look at the above, starting with the jockey...

Gavin Sheehan is 16/58 (27.6% SR) at this venue overall over the last five years and in handicap hurdles over trips shorter than 2m5f since the start of 2015, he is...

A quick look at the sire, Aizavoski, shows 6 from 28 at middle distance range. I've narrowed that down a bit to UK hurdle contests over 2m3f to 2m5f, where his offspring are...

And finally, our trainer, Jamie Snowden, whose record here at Southwell since the start of 2016 in handicap hurdles with horses sent off shorter than 12/1 currently stands at...

and those 10 runs include 3 wins from 7 on Good ground, 3 wins from 6 shorter than 2m5f and 2 wins from 4 for Gavin Sheehan and hopefully I've dissected the card enough... justify...a 1pt win bet on Chapmanshype @ 5/1 BOG as was widely available at 8.10am Wednesday, but as always please check your BOG statusTo see a small sample of odds offered on this race... here for the betting on the 3.10 Southwell

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Here is today's racecard

P.S. all P/L returns quoted in the stats above are to Betfair SP, as I NEVER bet to ISP and neither should you. I always use BOG bookies for SotD, wherever possible, but I use BFSP for the stats as it is the nearest approximation I can give, so I actually expect to beat the returns I use to support my picks. If that's unclear, please ask!