Careless Fortune sent back to the sin bin

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Jimmy Fortune's season took another turn for the worse when he was ruled out of the opening day of the York Ebor meeting after being found guilty of careless riding at Newbury yesterday.

Jimmy Fortune's season took another turn for the worse when he was ruled out of the opening day of the York Ebor meeting after being found guilty of careless riding at Newbury yesterday.

Fortune, returning after 48 hours off with flu, picked up a two-day ban for his riding of Farfala, Paul Cole's French import, who was runner-up to Miss Lorilaw in the Listed Challis Stakes. Six days were then added on from the suspended sentence he had imposed on him in June, when he missed all of Royal Ascot. Then, Fortune had been hit with a 19-day ban by the Jockey Club stewards under the "totting-up" procedure, serving 13 days with six deferred.

His latest indiscretion rules him out from 15 to 22 August, the final day taking in the start of the York fixture when the card's highlight is the Group One International Stakes.

Fortune had a first-and-last-race double, but even then found himself in trouble with the stewards, who fined him £120 for arriving in the parade ring for the first race after the signal to mount had been given. Richard Hughes was also punished for the same offence.

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