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Grand National jockeys given caution over false start

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

The starter waves his flag to signal a flase start in The Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
The starter waves his flag to signal a flase start in The Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

THE 39 jockeys who lined up before being called in for this year's Aintree Grand National were given a caution yesterday by the British Horseracing Authority's disciplinary panel.

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As was pointed out at the time, the chaotic scenes at the start were not helped by Battle Group, the horse that refused to line up, and yesterday he became the official scapegoat when the panel found that "the primary problems (for the jockeys) were from actions which were not theirs".

On the day, the jockeys' refusal to go back into the inquiry held by the racecourse stewards was branded a "mutiny", and it partly stole the headlines from worthy race winner Pineau De Re.

Meanwhile, in what appears to be a an attempt to boost their falling ratings, 'Channel 4 Racing' have signed up Frankie Dettori as a presenter. He will begin his new job at Royal Ascot.

Irish Independent

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