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Cosgrave will appeal six-month suspension

JOCKEY Pat Cosgrave is to appeal against a six-month suspension for improper riding by the Emirates Racing Authority.

The punishment has been described by Professional Jockeys Association chief executive Paul Struthers as "brutal".

Cosgrave was hit with the lengthy ban after he was found to have moved his mount Anaerobio off the rail in the straight to allow stablemate Vercingetorix through on the inside to win the Group One Jebel Hatta at Meydan on March 8.

Anaerobio eventually finished third in the nine-furlong contest, two lengths behind the winner.

The ERA found Cosgrave guilty of a blatant breach of the rule regarding improper riding which has a detrimental image to racing.

PJA CEO Struthers said: "If Pat was found in breach of any rules the penalty guidance in Britain is absolutely clear – it's five to 10 days with an entry point of seven.

"I do appreciate some people looking at the videos saying it doesn't look good. That is something we will have to play out during the appeal.


"I think the bulk of the opinion over here is whether the rights or wrongs of him being found in breach that the penalty is just draconian, and that doesn't even do it justice.

"The BHA's rules are quite clear in that if you are suspended overseas you have to exhaust your avenues in that jurisdiction.

"And if after doing so you want to make an application to the BHA not to reciprocate the penalty you are absolutely entitled.

"Clearly, if there was no shift at all in the penalty following an appeal it would automatically follow that such an application would go in to the BHA and we have had a couple of similar applications in the last two years.

"The appeal is going in and I'd be pretty certain if it is entirely unsuccessful then the application will go to the BHA because it is just a brutal penalty.

"Pat's officially got seven days to appeal and we are going to have to ask for longer than that to put the substantive grounds in."