Racing: Fallon is banned for two days of Goodwood

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Kieren Fallon gained his third win in the Scottish Derby on Sir Michael Stoute's Princely Venture at Ayr yesterday, but there was a sting in the tail for the five-times champion jockey who picked up a two-day suspension for careless riding.

As it is only a two-day ban it can be deferred for Group One races, so he will be out of action on 31 July and 1 August and will be able to ride in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on 30 July, the day the ban should have started.

The stewards decided that Princely Venture had interfered with fourth-placed Private Charter, but Fallon said: "I am going to appeal. I have done nothing wrong and I am going to miss two days of Goodwood as a result. I was clear of Private Charter and was entitled to go to the rails.

"Michael [Hills on Private Charter] made a meal of it and switched his mount in the hope that he would finish second and then get the race in the stewards' room."

Barry Hills, Private Charter's trainer, had a different view: "He has run very well, but we might have finished second if the winning jockey had kept straight. It has cost us £17,000 in prize money. It is very annoying - jockeys are paid to keep straight."