Hughes' India ban after 'self-defence'
IRISH jockey Richard Hughes was yesterday suspended for a month by stewards in India for foul riding after he elbowed another jockey during a race at Mumbai on Sunday.
The ban, which starts on January 22, means the Kildare native will miss a total of nine days, including fancied rides in the Indian Derby and Oaks.
Richard Hannon's stable jockey, who said he was acting in self-defence during the race, added that he had not decided whether to appeal although he had been advised to do so by the chairman of the stewarding panel.
Charlie Longsdon is still undecided whether to run potential star Magnifique Etoile in the Tolworth Novices' Hurdle at Sandown tomorrow. The Grade One event has attracted some top-class prospects which include Colour Squadron, Prospect Wells and unexposed French import Captain Conan.
Meanwhile, connections of 2009 Champion Hurdle hero Punjabi have confirmed the gelding will once again miss the entire season through injury.
In other news, Dessie Hughes' Aintree Grand National hope Vic Venturi is an intended starter at Aghabullogue point-point on Sunday.