Friday 24 February 2017

stewards hand power two-day ban

Despite their best efforts, Prince Erik could not raise his game and, indeed, required plenty of encouragement from the saddle to get the better of persistent challenger Chamirey to keep the runner-up berth secure.

"We were delighted with his performance. He ran a lovely race and got a cracking ride from Robbie Power -- we just met a horse that was too good for us today," was Weld's post-race reaction.

Then the stewards carpeted the Meath jockey for his use of the whip "from approaching the last flight".

They found that Power had used the whip with excessive frequency and suspended him for April 1 and April 3, which is Easter Saturday.

Later on, Tony McCoy limped away from his second fall of the day when Song Of Songs came down two out in the Byrne Group Plate.

Though somewhat shaken and sore, he wasn't stood down and, thus, is free to resume this afternoon.

Ruby Walsh is now long odds-on to be crowned the 2010 Cheltenham festival top jockey after bagging his third winner of the meeting aboard Big Buck's in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

The stable number one for both Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins has scooped the award for the past two years, and is 2/9 with William Hill and 1/5 with totesport to retain the title.

The latter firm make Ryanair Chase winner Tony McCoy their 7/1 second-favourite after he ended the day on two winners for the week, a total also achieved by Barry Geraghty and Richard Johnson.

This afternoon's Cheltenham Gold Cup could prove crucial to the jockeys' title race with Walsh and McCoy going head-to-head aboard Kauto Star and Denman respectively.

Irish Independent

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