Russell and Power cleared
Leading riders Davy Russell and Robert Power have been cleared to compete in the upcoming Grade One races at Leopardstown after they were partially successful at the Turf Club yesterday in their appeal against four-day Cork suspensions.
The jockeys fell foul of the Cork stewarding panel last Monday week for mistakenly anticipating a false start in a hurdle race in which their mounts took no part as a consequence, but were fined €1,250 apiece after their bans were reduced.
Their solicitor, Andrew Coonan, pleaded mitigating circumstances on behalf of Russell and Power during a four-hour hearing by an appeals and referrals body, consisting of Mary Onions, Sean Barry and Pat Reidy, that deemed a fine plus a three-day sanction were appropriate.
Thus the pair can fulfil their intended Grade One engagements, weather permitting, and sit out the meetings on December 30, 31 and January 1 instead.