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Davy Condon riding Bayan (L) clear the last to win The Ladbroke at Ascot racecourse. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Davy Condon riding Bayan (L) clear the last to win The Ladbroke at Ascot racecourse. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Davy Condon riding Bayan (L) clear the last to win The Ladbroke at Ascot racecourse. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Davy Condon was hit with a 15-day ban for winning the Ladbrokes Hurdle on Bayan last Saturday, a ridiculous length of suspension which further highlights how wrong the whip rules are across the water but that's a whole different debate.

But despite having such a long spell on the sidelines to mull over, Condon will still be able to grasp the positive from the situation.

Apart from winning a £150,000 prestigious Grade Three handicap, Condon knows better than anyone he was lucky to be aboard last Saturday.

A fall from Flaxen Flare on the last day of August saw Condon suffer his "worst" injury which included three broken vertebrae, a bulging disk in his neck and damage to his ribs and chest. There was moments after the fall when he thought his career was after ending.

But the dedication Condon showed to get back for last weekend is admirable and even more admirable is the loyalty shown by Gordon Elliott and Bayan's owners who never looked beyond the Cork jockey even when he "wasn't fully fit" by his own admission.

The owners had previously lost a horse at Galway and had another who never even made the track but in Bayan all their patience is rewarded and fair play to them.


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