Sport Horse Racing

Sunday 25 February 2018

Fallon out of Guineas despite ban reduction

Thomas Kelly

KIEREN FALLON will miss the Guineas meeting at Newmarket later this month despite being partially successful in his appeal against a 10-day riding suspension.

Fallon was originally sidelined between April 27 and May 6 after the local stewards found him guilty of not riding out to the winning line aboard Sukhothai in a handicap at Kempton on April 13.

The jockey had his appeal heard at British Horseracing Authority headquarters yesterday and, although the disciplinary panel downgraded his suspension from 10 days to seven, he will still be banned from April 27 to May 3. That means he will miss the ride on Ed Dunlop's 2,000 Guineas hope Native Khan, which he guided to an impressive comeback victory in the Craven Stakes.

Dunlop, who paraded Native Khan at La Grange Stables yesterday and believes the grey has taken another step forward since his victory in the Craven, said no decision will be taken about a replacement jockey until he has a discussion with the owner.

Meanwhile, Grand National-winning rider Jason Maguire has won his appeal against a 10-day riding ban handed out for taking the wrong course at Wetherby last Sunday.

Maguire said he had taken evasive action to avoid the injured Harry Haynes, who was still being treated after a fall on the previous circuit.

Elsewhere, Stone Of Folca, described by John Best as the fastest horse he has ever trained, finally secured his first victory in the Duke Of Cumberland And Old Neptune Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Folkestone.

Facing just three rivals, the 1/8 favourite won by a cosy half a length in the hands of Luke Morris.

Irish Independent

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