Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Next Stop Is Fakenham for 'Jump' Jockey Fox

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Next Stop Is Fakenham for 'Jump' Jockey Fox

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Byline: RAOUL SIMONS

AS TALK of corruption and betting stings gather pace in the run-up to the Cheltenham Festival, the eyes of the racing world will turn briefly on Friday to a minor track in Norfolk.

There Sean Fox, the man accused of deliberately jumping off his horse Ice Saint last week at Fontwell, will be riding the same mount at Fakenham races.

Fox vehemently denies leaping off his mount on purpose and has appealed against his automatic 21-day riding ban for failing to "ride out" Ice Saint for the best place, allowing him to ride this week.

In the light of recent controversies, racing is mounting a huge, double-edged security operation ahead of tomorrow's Cheltenham Festival.

Police will be on high alert in the wake of the Madrid train bombings, while the sport's security staff have pledged to clamp down on corruption after a string

of race-fixing allegations. There are also fears rogue Manchester United fans could still target the Festival despite the cancellation of a protest against John Magnier and JP McManus. …

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