Racing: Moore loses appeal to Club

Jamie Moore yesterday lost his appeal against a 10-day ban for failing to ride out for third place at Fontwell last week. Riding Just Midas in a selling hurdle for Martin Pipe, the conditional jockey was caught close home and beaten three-quarters of a length by Grand Prompt after easing down prematurely.

Jamie Moore yesterday lost his appeal against a 10-day ban for failing to ride out for third place at Fontwell last week. Riding Just Midas in a selling hurdle for Martin Pipe, the conditional jockey was caught close home and beaten three-quarters of a length by Grand Prompt after easing down prematurely.

The Jockey Club's disciplinary panel heard evidence from Moore, who was legally represented, and considered a statement from Colin Bolger, rider of Grand Prompt. Moore said that, having jumped the last hurdle, Just Midas did not feel right and therefore he did not wish to be hard on the gelding. He accepted that he then stopped riding for two strides, but believed he did not lose any momentum.

The panel were of the opinion that if Moore had continued to ride out to the finish the gelding would have been placed third. They therefore dismissed the appeal and suspended him from 6 to 20 June on days on which jump racing is scheduled to take place. However, the panel did order the jockey's deposit of £450 to be returned.

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