Top Cees, who had drifted to 8-1, finished a close third. The hurdler was held up in the early stages but made headway from the third last, losing by a head and one and a quarter lengths. But the stewards took the view that Garritty had ridden the horse tenderly.
Garritty, clearly upset by the verdict, said: "I was smacking the horse round the backside. There was nothing more I could do."
Jack Ramsden, the trainer's husband, said: "The only thing he didn't do was give the horse six hard smacks and that's not the way we like our horses to be ridden.''Reuse content