Top jockey prize still leaves Kinane angry

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Receipt of a crystal bowl for being top jockey at York's three-day Ebor meeting failed to prompt much celebration yesterday from a furious Mick Kinane after he had earlier in the afternoon received a six-day ban for irresponsible riding.

Receipt of a crystal bowl for being top jockey at York's three-day Ebor meeting failed to prompt much celebration yesterday from a furious Mick Kinane after he had earlier in the afternoon received a six-day ban for irresponsible riding.

Kinane will take an enforced leave of absence on 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 September inclusive, which includes the first two days of the Doncaster St Leger meeting, after the York stewards suspended him for irresponsible riding of a major nature on Jardines Lookout in the Melrose Rated Handicap.

Jardines Lookout had fought off the challenges of 40-1 shot Riddlesdown and second-favourite Romantic Affair to pass the post in front by three-quarters of a length, but was then placed last after the stewards decided that, three and a half furlongs out, he had interfered with Mickley, who in turn interfered with Frangy. Both of those horses finished unplaced.

Kinane fumed: "It's a crazy decision. It might have been careless but for the stewards to call it irresponsible is just ridiculous."

Alan Jarvis, trainer of Jardines Lookout, said: "I haven't seen the film yet, but the interference is said to have happened some way out and we've won on merit. It's appalling."

Ambrose Turnbull, who owns the horse in partnership with Jarvis's wife, Ann, added: "I've had horses run in five different countries and this would never have happened anywhere else. It's just ridiculous and the York stewards seem to have a different set of rules to everyone else."

Turnbull, who runs a company in Hong Kong, had flown to England from Madrid specially to see the race.

Kinane ended the meeting with four winners, highlighted by Giant's Causeway in the Juddmonte International Stakes on Tuesday.

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