BHA reject Ruby Walsh appeal

Updated: February 2, 2012

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Ruby Walsh will miss Newbury’s ‘Super Saturday’ meeting next week after the BHA upheld his three day ban which the rider picked up at Cheltenham last weekend.

Walsh landed himself in hot water with the authorities after being found guilty of careless riding aboard the demoted Pearl Swan in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial last Saturday.

The BHA panel on Thursday morning upheld the ban, however Walsh will be free to ride in the Irish Hennessy at Leopardstown on Sunday week.

Speaking after the announcement, a disappointed Walsh said ” There’s not an awful to say other than I’m very disappointed. I will definitely be applying to get the second day deferred.”

Announcing the reason for their decision, Charlie Warde-Alam, chairman of the disciplinary panel, said: “The panel found that Mr Walsh had allowed his horse to drift right handed from the half-furlong marker to shortly before the line causing Mr [Wayne] Hutchinson, the rider of Grumeti, to be taken off his intended line. The panel dismissed the appeal and confirmed the three-day suspension.”

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