Barry Geraghty has 30-day ban quashed
Barry Geraghty last night enjoyed a sensational Punchestown reprieve after his 30-day ban for his ride on Noble Emperor at Limerick was quashed following a lengthy appeal at the Irish Turf Club.
The suspension would have ruled the JP McManus stable jockey out of all of next week's Punchestown Festival.
"I'm just delighted what happened was seen in its true light. Relieved, very relieved," said Geraghty.
The Gold Cup-winning rider was hit with the ban after finishing second aboard the Tony Martin-trained eight-year-old in the www.limerickraces.ie Handicap Hurdle on April 3, a race won by Velocity Boy which made all having opened up a big advantage on the field from an early stage.
Acting under Rule 212 - which governs running and riding - the local stewards were of the opinion that Geraghty had failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing, banning him for 30 days, with the horse prevented from running for 60 days and Martin fined €3,000.
Martin appealed against his fine and the McManus-owned horse's 60-day ban, and those appeals were also successful as the appeals body agreed to overturn the original verdict and exonerate all parties following a hearing that lasted over three hours.
Evidence was heard from Geraghty, Martin, Patrick Kennedy for McManus, racing journalist Donn McClean and fellow jockey Brian O'Connell.