Stewards under fire

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Reg Hollinshead, who has unearthed such talents as Walter Swinburn and Kevin Darley, slated stewarding standards after Fergal Lynch, the latest product of his riding academy, received his second six-day ban of the week at Chester yesterday. Lynch, who was deemed to have caused interference on Montecristo, first home in the opener, received the same sentence at Haydock on Monday when riding The Gay Fox.

"I wish the stewards understood race riding," Hollinshead complained. "I thought Fergal rode a brilliant race to get out of trouble. He was Piggott-like, waiting and waiting and as soon as a gap came he went for it. He and Richard Quinn (on the runner-up) went for the same gap. Quinn's come off worst and the lad's got penalised."