Thursday, April 13, 2000
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SHOCK DISCOVERY OF SHERGAR'S SKULL!!!
An Irish councillor has claimed he has discovered the head of Shergar.
Tommy Foley, from Tralee in Co Kerry, said he found the remains of the stallion's skull last Saturday during an annual clean-up of a glen outside the West Ireland town.
"There were two bullet holes in the head and it was definitely a racehorse's head," he said. "I was there with a farmer's son and he said it was not an ordinary horse."
Mr Foley said the remains were hidden in a sack at the bottom of a ditch.
"We decided to go into the extreme end of the glen this year where there was a lot of dumping taking place.
"It's just three miles from Tralee and it would be a place where you would conceal the remains unseen for years.
"There is a possibility that it was him because when Shergar was abducted there was Kerry connection."
Derby winner Shergar was kidnapped by an IRA gang from a stud in Co Kildare 17 years ago.
He was stolen at night along with his groom, who was held at gunpoint in the horse van before being released 20 miles away.
Negotiations with the kidnappers continued for four days and a Polaroid photograph was provided, showing Shergar and an up-to-date copy of the Irish Times before the kidnappers suddenly fell silent.
The kidnapping became one of the great mysteries of the 1980s, with constant reports of supposed sightings, but despite a nationwide search no trace of him was ever found.
Insurers refused to pay out without proof of the horse's death.
Mr Foley, who still has the head, said he had not yet been to the police about the discovery, but planned to do so soon.
An Irish police spokesman said that they had appealed for Mr Foley to come forward immediately so the find could be investigated further.
LIMESTONE LAD OUT TIL NEXT SEASON
Limestone Lad, one of Ireland's favourite horses, will not race again this season. The eight-year-old, whose next outing was to be at the Punchestown Festival, will now have a well earned rest. He has had a brilliant season winning eight of his 12 starts including beating Istabraq in the Hatton's Grace.
Michael Bowe, who trains his father's eight-year-old, said: "I know Punchestown will be disappointed, but we have made our decision for the sake of the horse.
"Since his return from Cheltenham he has gone back in fitness and he has trained off. But mentally, even more than physically, I feel he needs a break.
"He's been galloping every day since the beginning of August - Christmas Day and Sundays included and I could tell he was getting a bit fed up.
"For the time being, he will go out into a field during the day and come in at night. But once the weather gets a bit warmer he will stay out, certainly through May, June and July."
As for next season, the horse will be campaigned over hurdles and fences and the trainer said: "Limestone Lad is such a clever horse that I would like to think that I will be able to mix hurdles and fences with him.
"I would like to have another crack at the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse at the beginning of December. He would take a lot of beating if it came up soft again."
GALLAGHER BACK AT WEEKEND
Dean Gallagher, who took a fall from Art Prince at the first fence of Saturday's Martell Grand National, plans to return to riding this weekend at Stratford or Bangor.
Gallagher said: "I had a soft landing, but then I took a hefty kick in the back from Tony McCoy's mount Dark Stranger who, ironically, is in the same ownership as Art Prince.
"There's very little treatment for an injury like this apart from rest. There's improvement every day and I should be right by the weekend. Although it has been painful, it didn't hurt half as much as when I saw I had missed two winners in France on Monday."
KING'S BEST SET FOR NEWMARKET
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained King's Best, who finished last of five in last year's Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, will return to the Suffolk course next week for his seasonal debut.
Joe Mercer, racing manager of King's Best's owner Saeed Suhail, commented: "King's best will be entered for the Free Handicap and the Craven next week, and we'll choose one of those.
"He's been working well and I saw him work this morning in a solo spin over seven furlongs. He ran free in the Dewhurst, but he appears settled and relaxed now, and I think it was just one of those things that day."
SERVICEABLE COULD BE BETTER ON GOOD GOING
Newmarket handler, James Eustace, has revealed that his two-year-old filly Serviceable, who won the European Breeders Fund Bell Labs Innovation Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Warwick yesterday on heavy ground, could be better on good ground.
Serviceable was the first time that Eustace had trained a winner for Major Michael Wyatt.
Eustace commented: "She's handled it but I don't think she needs it. Her action does not mark her down as a soft-ground horse and I would think she could be best on good going."
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