John McCririck loses age discrimination case against Channel 4
Jockey Tony McCoy is just two wins away from a landmark 4,000 wins. He could reach that magical figure at Exeter Racecourse today.
Racing pundit John McCririck was dumped by Channel 4 because he was "alienating" and "offensive", an employment tribunal heard.
Racing pundit John McCririck told the Press Association that his employment tribunal was a "daunting ordeal" and all he wants "is my job back".
– John McCririck, Racing pundit
This is a chance for all people wherever they are employed who fear that they are going to be sacked because of their age, it's a time for all of them to take heart if the verdict goes for me.
I'm not in this for the money, all I want is my job back, it's all I have ever asked for.
It should never have come to the tribunal but they never back down, the suits and skirts can't be seen to back down.
Racing pundit John McCririck will begin his employment tribunal against former employer Channel 4 and TV production company IMG Media Limited today over alleged age discrimination.
The 73-year-old claims his sacking last year was motivated by age discrimination and the case is expected to last up to seven days.
McCririck, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, was dropped when the station unveiled a new presenting team headed by Clare Balding.
He later announced his plans to sue Channel 4 for £3 million, claiming the broadcaster had axed him because he was too old.
The trainer of one of the horses that competed in today's Hardwicke Stakes said the race was "unsatisfactory" after winner Thomas Chippendale died of a suspected heart attack.
Universal's trainer Mark Johnston said, "It was unsatisfactory. The jockeys didn't know whether to go with the loose horse or not".
Marco Botti, Dandino's trainer, said, "It was a very messy race and he got hampered when the other horse fell and by the loose horse".
The horse that fell, 9-4 favourite Ektihaam, gave jockey Paul Hanagan a nasty fall. Hanagan was taken to hospital to be X-rayed.
Thomas Chippendale's trainer Lady Cecil said she was "heartbroken" at the horse's death following his Hardwicke Stakes win at Royal Ascot.
Lady Cecil, whose husband Sir Henry Cecil was honoured during this year's Queen's Vase, said the colt was "in good form" leading up to the race and enjoying himself".
She continued: "He loved and enjoyed it all - it's heartbreaking. We had never been happier with him beforehand. We're just devastated.
"The horse and jockey seemed fine so I wondered what had happened. It was quick so the horse wouldn't have felt anything.
"We've gone from one emotion to the other, from a real high to a real low".
Thomas Chippendale died of a suspected heart attack after winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Lady Cecil and jockey Johnny Murtagh.
The four-year-old colt collapsed after passing the line in a dramatic renewal of the Group Two over a mile and a half.
Murtagh said: "He ran his heart out and was pulled up at the line. He lost his balance and I don't know what happened to him.
"It's heartbreaking for everyone involved - it should have been a great win. It's just devastating the way it's finished".
The 9-4 favourite, Ektihaam, also slipped up on the bend and gave Paul Hanagan a nasty fall, but both the former champion jockey and the horse were reportedly unscathed.
The Queen's Vase could prove an emotional race at Royal Ascot later today if Disclaimer wins.
Following the death of Sir Henry Cecil last week, this year's renewal is being run in memory of the man who trained more Royal Ascot winners than anybody else, with his record standing at 75.
Disclaimer is trained by Sir Henry's widow Lady Cecil who has taken out a temporary licence to keep the stable running.
Huge congratulations to Her Majesty for Estimate's victory at Royal #Ascot - first time ever a reigning monarch's horse has won the Gold Cup
The Queen's horse Estimate has won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.