Eddery is banned

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Paul Eddery received a four-day ban at York yesterday after being found in breach of the non-triers' rules on the Martin Pipe-trained Solatium. After an inquiry lasting 35 minutes, the stewards decided that Eddery had failed to make reasonable effort to obtain the best placing on the gelding who finished fifth to Motakabber.

The stewards' secretary, Patrick Hibbert-Foy, said: "Eddery never did a tap and although the horse wouldn't have won he could certainly have finished third or fourth."

The jockey, clearly upset at the verdict, said: "There's no point appealing against the decision. Nobody's won an appeal for three and a half years."

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