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Talking Horses: Rival trainers to stick with Phoenix after Meade quits

Peter Chapple-Hyam and Karl Burke are among the trainers to support the high-profile bloodstock operation

The high-profile bloodstock operation Phoenix Thoroughbreds suffered another setback on Friday morning when it was reported by the Racing Post that the trainer Martyn Meade had cut ties with them. News broke in November that Amer Abdulaziz Salman, the man behind Phoenix, had been accused of money-laundering by a convicted fraudster during a court case in New York, an allegation that Abdulaziz has strenuously denied.

“It’s a terrible shock,” Meade told The Guardian at the time though he added that nothing had been proved. On Friday, the Post reported him as saying: “I no longer train for Phoenix”.

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