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Our Little Sister: Positive Dope Test

''It was Professor Plum with a poker in the gun room.'' 

It could have been a scene from Cluedo. However, the recent doping hearing of racehorse Our Little Sister has the making of a real whodunnit as names are named and solicitors bills increase with each and every threatening letter. 

Hughie Morrison's barrister named Imogen 'Bundle' Pickard as a 'person of interest' on Thursday's doping hearing. 

Pickard, a small-scale trainer from Kingsland, Hertfordshire, denied having anything to do with the case, stating:  'I have been brought into this ridiculous scenario and it has absolutely nothing to do with me.''

Representing Morrison, Graeme McPherson QC, said she was named by a whistleblower who claimed he had heard of a threat to 'get at' the filly. 

Morrison will hear on Friday if he faces punished for Our Little Secret's positive dope test to anabolic steroid nandrolone. Morrison has denied the charges claiming he is the victim of a malicious plot. 

Pickard was interviewed by the BHA who found no evidence to connect her with the horse. However, she has been named in the inquiry although representation stressed he was not claiming she 'pressed the plunger' or instructed anyone to do so. 

Pickard told the Racing Post.

''Our paths have never crossed.''

"I am pretty sure if the BHA had any concern whatsoever they would have taken my licence away by now.

"I have never met Hughie Morrison and I think the BHA, having investigated me deeply, have seen that I've never even had a runner on the same day as him. Our paths have never crossed. I've seen his photo in the paper now but before that, I wouldn't even have recognised him if I passed him on the street.

"I have no vendetta towards Hughie Morrison, no reason to jeopardise his career or try to take horses from his yard or dope any horses in his yard. I've never even used a steroid in my life."

She said: "Of course it has been worrying. I was called up to London halfway through day one to stand as a witness before it was decided they didn't want me.

"At the end of the day I know I am innocent, I know I have never been involved whatsoever. I was warned before the case they did not know whether my name would be brought up. It seems he is clutching at straws and this is the closest thing he has to clear his name, passing the blame onto someone else.

"I have been brought into this ridiculous scenario and it has absolutely nothing to do with me. I have absolutely nothing to hide. I have given the BHA access to all phones and email contacts because I have no involvement with the doping of Our Little Sister."

Mitford-Slade Shines on Debut with 100-1 Winner

Richard Mitford-Slade Horse Trainer
Just another day at the office. Not really. However, Richard Mitford-Slade doesn't lack confidence when it comes to Samuel Jackson. The five-year-old pointer may have been 100-1 but that didn't stop him storming clear of the field when making his debut at Taunton 3m novice hurdle. 

Bookmakers gave horse and trainer little hope as he took on big names including Messrs Nicholls, King and Fry. 

See the full result here: 100-1 Samuel Jackson 

Richard Mitford-Slade, 52, confirmed: “It’s my first runner under rules – I got my permit only 14 days ago. This is my local track so I thought I'd run him here in the hottest hurdle I could find!

"I had a little bit on, although I’m not a gambler. I knew he was a good horse but he was training only with point-to-pointers so I didn’t know how good. He’s class, isn’t he? 

“I’ve always had point-to-pointers and thought it was time to run some under rules. The big question is what I do next with him.I’ll show my ignorance by saying I’ll have to go away and look in the programme book."

Mitford-Slade runs an equestrian business has just four runners under rules. 

Samuel Jackson, named after the actor, is a homebred. Mitford-Slade said of the name: ''My wife is a fan of the actor.''

The gelding's breeder Lucy Fielding-Johnson said: ''I can't talk. I was shouting for him. It was totally unexpected.''

Jockey Michael Nolan said: ''This is a really nice horse. That's the first time he has run under rules but rode like a seasoned campaigner.       

Would-be Professional Gambler: What is Life if not a Gamble?

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There are plenty of punters who have ambitions about becoming a professional gambler. 

Why not?

If you are interested in horse racing, know your niche and make regular money then it is a brave but not impossible career path. As a starting point, you need to find the latest offers and promotions from bookies. Latest Betting Sites is a great website. Take a look at this latest uk promotion for sports betting, offers and promotions.

I've made good money betting on horse racing at a professional level. It has been a learning curve. 

''You never stop learning''. 

It's the keystone to stay at a level which keeps bookmakers and layers at bay. 

Nothing is easy, hey? 

Then again, working 9-5 is a slog few enjoy. 

Training to be a carpenter, bricklayer or mechanic is no easy deal. It takes time, discipline - bloody hard work. Psychologists say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. In truth, that is probably a rather novice-expert. I always remember listening to an antique dealer. He bought and sold Clarice Cliff Art Deco ceramics. This bloke made a living from buying and selling. He was very down-to-earth and seemingly without ego. He was content in his knowledge to make a profit from something he loved. One of the lucky few whose hobby turned into a profession. From the outside looking in, I thought he must have had an exceptional knowledge (which he may have done). However, when asked why he made money while other would-be dealers failed he said:

 ''I know a little bit more than most!''

It's intriguing the perception we have of others. The successful put on a pedestal, while those who fail sometimes viewed as fools. I would suggest there isn't always a great deal of difference between those who battle with success and failure. 

I knew someone who took the challenge to become a professional gambler. With a little bit of luck, he could have made it big. That may sound a ridiculous statement but sometimes you need a little bit of luck in those photo-finishes. 

He worked as a plasterer but a keen gambler and very knowledgeable man when it came to two-year-old horse racing. He decided to take a break from the building trade for 6 months and see what he could achieve.

When you have to make a living from gambling to pay the bills, especially when getting started, it is a pressured existence. He borrowed some money to tide him over. It was of paramount importance to focus on the horse racing. Things didn't go well at the start. Finding his feet was an expensive lesson. But he gradually worked his magic. Toward the end of the season, he made £4-5K in one week, from betting basic money. Time was running out. The pressures of gambling increasing. Lady luck most certainly needed to show her pretty face. 

So close. So, so close... 

The winner that would have, probably changed his life. A bet to win £14,000 foiled by a nose defeat. His horse leading all the way to be beaten by a ''beast'' that literally weaved its way through the eye of a needle. 


The Flat turf season was coming to a close. Time to make a decision: continue or get back to the daily grind of guaranteed work and wage. 

In truth, the experience was not lost on him. But it did take him a long time to find the money to pay back what he owed. He didn't actually lose gambling but the costs of living ate through his money like a ravenous horse. 

Gambling is something that many will try and few will succeed.  

As F.E Higgins once said: What is life if not a gamble?

Visit Gemma Anderson Website at HTD

Welcome To Horse Trainer Directory

Welcome, to Gemma Anderson for her recent correspondence thanking us for adding her website and social media links to our platform. 

Gemma Anderson Racing & Bloodstock Consultant. 

Based in Shawston, Penton, Carlisle, Cumbria, she has been involved with horses from pony club to showjumping, where she competed at national level. 

Her horse racing career started with Nicky Richards & Len Lungo. Readers may remember her riding as an apprentice to David Barron. 

However, Gemma's ambition come true when achieving a full trainer's licence for both codes of racing, ideally suited to her knowledge of bloodstock, buying and selling horses.  

Whether you are looking for a skilled trainer or interested in purchasing or selling a horse, her business affords an opportunity for clients to fulfil their dream of racehorse ownership.  

As Gemma says: ''We always have a supply of quality horses for sale and also available for syndication.''    


Mobile: 07950 724367
Home: 01228 577726

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The Unlikely History of Japanese Horse Racing

Japan Cup
The Japan Cup is one of the highlights of the racing calendar, but that still doesn’t change the average race fan’s impression that the Japanese are relative newcomers to the sport of horse racing. However, contrary to popular belief, the sport has a long and storied history in the “Land of the Rising Sun.” In fact, it’s a history as old as many of the more traditional horse racing nations.

Although the first inaugural Japan Cup took place in 1981, you’ll have to go back a lot further to learn more about how the “sport of kings” gained a foothold and became something of a national pastime in Japan. It all started way back in the 8th century when races held at the Imperial Court were the most heralded forms of entertainment in the country. Watching these races between the legendary Samurai was the most popular way for common folk and the gentry alike to spend their free time for over 900 years.

However, it wasn’t until 1862 that a group of foreign residents living in Yokohama introduced western-style racing. What began as entertainment for the local expats soon became a passion for the locals as they embraced this newer form of their national sport. Racecourses started to spring up everywhere all over the country, and by 1906, the government decided to regulate the races by legalizing (and taxing) betting.

The government intervention led to a massive boom in horse racing with business owners and entrepreneurs alike keen to take advantage of this increasingly popular way to make money. However, their taste of fortune only lasted two years when the government reversed their decision and cracked down on betting. And horse racing became all about the government approved purses.

Those who had invested heavily in the sport were losing out and thus tried to set about introducing horse racing laws. It took 11 years of concerted efforts, but by 1923, horse racing had its first legislation and there were 11 racing clubs. The industry enjoyed a time of growth and profit but understandably lulled during the 1940s.

In 1954, a new legislation was passed to establish the Japan Racing Association, which took over all horse racing administration from the government. Since then, we have also seen the introduction of the National Association of Racing, and between the two bodies, they manage some 21,000 horse races each year. Yes, that’s right, 21,000, and the Japan Cup is just one of them.

A look at BetStars sees that last year’s winner Kitasan Black is once again the favorite at odds of 11/8. He’s a popular horse, and there’s no doubt that the public will place massive bets on him to romp home. Interestingly, though, it’s not just the local races that the Japanese racing community bets on. As one of only four sports that you can legally bet on in Japan, horse racing is a huge draw for punters. In fact, Japanese punters placed more bets on last year’s Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe than local French racegoers did. If that doesn’t show a love of the sport, then we’re not sure what does.  

Japanese horses and jockeys now race all over the world and welcome horses to their homeland to compete in the most prestigious races. Although this is a relatively new development, for many years, there were limits on foreign horses joining the most important local races. There are no such limits on Japanese horses or jockeys abroad though, and with their industry booming and producing some of the finest racehorses in the world, perhaps it’s just a matter of time before we see the first Japanese winner at the Aintree. Now that would be some bet to make.

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