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Doran slapped with 50-day ban

RIDER Thomas Doran was banned for 50 days by the Ballinrobe stewards last night after he was found to have not achieved the best possible placing aboard Massini's Trap in the opening event.

Doran's mount was an eye-catching third in the Paddy Smyth Memorial Maiden Hurdle, finishing with a wet sail in the hands of the 7lb claimer after racing well off the pace.

The stewards took a dim view of Doran's efforts in the plate, finding that he had failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing before imposing a 50-day suspension.

Having interviewed both Doran and trainer James Nash, both confirmed that the instructions were to jump off in fifth or sixth before creeping into the race.

Doran admitted that he left the horse with too much to do and Nash expressed his disappointment with the ride.

The Stewards were of the opinion that Doran was in breach of Rule 212(a)(i) in that he failed to take reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race and handed him the lengthy ban.