Sunday 24 September 2017

Danny Mullins to ride in final three days at Galway after suspension reduced

Danny Mullins
Danny Mullins

Danny Mullins' 14-day ban for driving a racecourse ambulance at Bellewstown on July 5 has been reduced on appeal to 10 days - with the remaining four days suspended for one year.

The jumps jockey, who is retained by prominent owner Barry Connell, drove the vehicle himself after he had pulled up his mount Private Treasure in the Anglo Printers Novice Hurdle.

Mullins explained to the stewards he felt assistance was slow in coming forward and that in the heat of the moment he jumped into the Order of Malta ambulance so that he had time to weigh out for the following race.

The stewards banned Mullins for 14 race days under rule 272 which governs behaviour which is prejudicial to the integrity, conduct and good reputation of racing.

Mullins will be free to ride from August 2 onwards, which sees him eligible for the last three days of the Galway Festival.

Should he again breach rule 272, his four-day suspended ban will be factored into any future punishment.

Mullins said: "I'm glad we've got something out of it.

"It wasn't an ideal outcome, but at least I get to ride at Galway for a few days.

"I admitted I was wrong and knew I was wrong.

"I was hoping to get to ride at all of Galway but that didn't happen, but we are happy enough."

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