Updated on 09/15/2011 1:38PM

Kinane may miss mount on Galileo


Michael Kinane is in danger of losing the mount aboard Galileo in next Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

The rider of Europe's leading 3-year-old was suspended for two days, July 27 and 28, by the Leopardstown stewards for careless riding aboard the Aidan O'Brien-trained Sophisticat in the listed Silver Flash Stakes on Wednesday.

Sophisticat, a 2-year-old daughter of Storm Cat and Serena's Song purchased by Michael Tabor for $3.4 million as a yearling, bumped horses while coming through traffic to finish second to Agnetha. In spite of Kinane's suspension, Sophisticat was not disqualified from her placing.

Kinane can appeal his suspension, but as the wheels of Irish racing justice tend to turn swiftly, a final decision by the Irish Turf Club would be made well before next Saturday.

Magnier buys interest in soccer team

Major Irish racehorse owners John Magnier and J.P. McManus have bought a 6.77 percent share in England's champion soccer club, Manchester United, for 30 million pounds ($42.6 million), the Sporting Life Web site reported on Thursday. The deal was made through the Cubic Expression Company, a British Virgin Islands firm backed by Magnier and McManus.

Magnier, the owner of Coolmore Stud, and McManus, who owns champion hurdler Istabraq, are good friends of Manchester United's coach, Alex Ferguson, who also owns horses. All three men employ Aidan O'Brien as their trainer.