Barry Geraghty announces appeal against 30-day riding ban
Barry Geraghty is to appeal the 30-day ban he was issued by stewards at Limerick following his ride aboard Noble Emperor on Sunday.
The Gold Cup-winning jockey was hit with the suspension - which is due to begin on April 17 and would rule him out of riding at the Punchestown Festival - after finishing second aboard the Tony Martin-trained eight-year-old in the www.limerickraces.ie Handicap Hurdle.
Acting under Rule 212, which governs running and riding, the stewards were of the opinion Geraghty had failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing, banning him for 30 days, with the horse prevented from running for 60 days and Martin fined 3,000 euros.
Geraghty said: "I will be lodging an appeal and I now just have to wait on a date for it. That's all I have to say."
Turf Club press officer Cliff Noon said on Monday evening: "We have not received an appeal yet, but he has 48 hours from the time it was issued to appeal so he has until around 2.45pm on Tuesday.
"I presume he will appeal and it is then just a case of logistics and when we can get everyone together and I imagine that would be sooner rather than later.
"With Aintree on Barry Geraghty won't be available up until Saturday and I would imagine at a guess if he does appeal it will be heard next week."