Thursday 14 December 2017

Ruby’s ban appeal is dismissed

RUBY WALSH has had his appeal against a three-day careless riding ban dismissed following a hearing at the BHA today.

Walsh was handed the suspension and demoted from first place after last Saturday's JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham when his mount, Pearl Swan, leaned onto Grumeti inside the final furlong.

The ban rules him out of the Betfair Hurdle fixture at Newbury on February 11, which also features races like the Game Spirit and Denman Chases on the same card.

The BHA later revealed that Walsh had successfully requested to defer the second day of his suspension due to there being Grade One action in Ireland.

Walsh will now be free to ride at the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup meeting at Leopardstown with the jockey being banned on February 11, 13 and 14.

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