Steve Thornton, who played alongside Sacratini in the 1997 Superleague title-winning team and for the 1998 play-off champions, had to cry off
from taking part.
The five-year-old was due to be ridden by Paul Hanagan, but he had to cry off
after cutting his leg in the opening race.
Sutton said last night: "This is not the game to cry off
with an injury.
Bell was an original choice against England in the campaign curtain-raiser, but had to cry off
with a leg injury.
A source said: "One match official who was listed for the game had to cry off
and gave the IFA ample notice.
I'd planned to be there and I spoke to Sam (Hammam) telling him I would be, but now I've had to cry off
because of a presentation in Leicester.
TOM McLAUGHLIN was a late booking for Crossed Wire after Fran Ferris had to cry off
injured, and made the most of his chance ride as he rode the James Eustace-trained filly to a runaway
With his friend Norman Williamson having to cry off
from the ride, due to a muscle spasm in his neck, McCarthy proved a very able substitute.
WHENEVER England are in an U-21 summer tournament, players cry off
citing injury or tiredness.
The Manchester City striker, who refused to cry off
despite suffering from a swollen knee, was rewarded by becoming a target for terrace abuse.