Racing: Stevens free to ride at Royal Ascot

Gary Stevens, the top American jockey, will be able to ride at Royal Ascot next week after a 20-day ban handed out by the authorities in Italy was put on hold until later this month.

Gary Stevens, the top American jockey, will be able to ride at Royal Ascot next week after a 20-day ban handed out by the authorities in Italy was put on hold until later this month.

The three-time Kentucky Derby winner, who has recently been based in France as the No 1 rider to André Fabre, found himself in trouble after refusing to partner Sopran Foldan in a Group Three race run after the Italian Derby on 30 May.

Sopran Foldan had pulled all the way to the start and Stevens announced he did not want to ride him. The trainer, Bruno,Grizzetti, insisted that the horse should run and he finally raced with Silvano Mulas in the saddle, finishing 14th of 16.

But Stevens was furious with the decision and appealed, explaining that the horse had run into a wall and hit his head. The ban was due to take effect yesterday, but his French manager, Herve Naggar, said: "I have been faxed by the Italian authorities and the ban is suspended until the appeal is heard in Rome on 24 June. So he will be able to ride in the French Oaks [on Sunday] and Royal Ascot."

Stevens last rode in Britain during 1999, when he partnered 42 winners as first jockey to Sir Michael Stoute. Paddy Power, the Irish bookmakers, quote Stevens at 25-1 to be leading rider at the five-day Royal meeting, which starts a week today.

Frankie Dettori is the firm's 9-4 favourite as he seeks to be top rider at the showpiece fixture for the fifth time, with Kieren Fallon next best at 5-2.

Dominique Boeuf, the four-time French champion jockey, has been sacked by his main employers - the Wildenstein family - after a series of what they termed "disappointing" performances.

Alec Wildenstein was less than pleased with the rider after Valle Enchantee finished fast into third place in last Friday's Coronation Cup at Epsom. Boeuf had steered the classy filly into trouble on the inside instead of finding room on the outside.

The decision is hardly a surprise as Wildenstein had a look of thunder on him after his crack stayer Westerner was beaten at Longchamp last month, and he left no-one in doubt as to his feelings after the Epsom race. "He has lost us too many races this season and it had to stop," said Wildenstein.

Boeuf said: "I would have liked to help the Wildensteins become top owners this year, but sadly that is not to be the case." He will continue to ride the remainder of trainer Elie Lellouche's stable, as well as for David Smaga, for whom he was to have ridden French Derby favourite Voix Du Nord only for him to be sidelined with a cracked leg bone.

Boeuf has ridden many big-race winners for the Wildentsein family over the years, including on the great filly Aquarelliste, the champion miler Bigstone, Pistolet Bleu and Epervier Bleu. On British tracks, however, Boeuf rarely impressed.

LONDON CLUBS CHARITY TROPHY (Royal Ascot) Paddy Power odds: 9-4 Frankie Dettori, 5-2 Kieren Fallon, 9-2 Jamie Spencer, 10-1 Darryll Holland, Richard Hughes, Michael Kinane, 16-1 Kevin Darley, Johnny Murtagh, 20-1 Richard Hills, Kerrin McEvoy, 25-1 Gary Stevens, Martin Dwyer.

News
peoplePaper attempts to defend itself
Voices
voicesWe desperately need men to be feminists too
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Account Executive/Sales Consultant – Permanent – Hertfordshire - £16-£20k

£16500 - £20000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...

KS2 PPA Teacher needed (Mat Cover)- Worthing!

£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: KS2 PPA Teacher currently nee...

IT Systems Manager

£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...

IT Application Support Engineer - Immediate Start

£28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Software Application Support Analyst - Imm...

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits