Colgan banned for 21 days over Ballinrobe ride

Mala Beach and Robbie Colgan win the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle (Grade 2) Gowran Park Photo: Patrick McCann 23.01.2014

Colgan, seen here riding Mala Beach in 2014, has been banned for 21 days

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JOCKEY Robbie Colgan has been banned for 21 days for his ride aboard Definite Earl in the novice hurdle at Ballinrobe on Friday.

The horse, who was involved in the controversial race at Limerick that saw Barry Geraghty pick up a 30-day ban for the same offence under Rule 212 earlier this month, was beaten two and a half lengths into second by Admiral Brian.

Colgan was not involved in the inquiry that led to Geraghty’s suspension having left the track on that day but was also forced to forfeit his riding fee on Friday, with Definite Earl banned from racing for 60 days.

Rule 212 of the Turf Club’s Rules Of Racing states every horse ‘shall be run on its merits’ and adds: “The rider of every horse shall take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that his horse is given a full opportunity to win or of obtaining the best possible place.”

Trainer David Broad was also fined €2,000.

‘Pick up as much prize money as possible’

Colgan told the stewards his instructions had been “to jump behind the leaders, get settled and pick up as much prize money as possible”.

In the end, his mount never appeared to travel before passing beaten horses after the last to take the runner-up spot.

Broad told stewards he was satisfied with the ride, adding that the horse had been having his first run back from a poor outing at Sligo at his previous start and had been fitted with a tongue tie on Friday.

A Turf Club vet inspected Definite Earl after the race and confirmed there were no physical issues with the eight-year-old.

Barry Geraghty has confirmed his intention to appeal against his suspension.


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