O’BRIEN BANNED

LJoseph O’Brien has been banned for a total of nine days following two separate incidences with the whip this afternoon at Royal Ascot.

 Following the Gold Cup, the stewards held an enquiry into the use of the whip by Joseph O’Brien, the rider of the winner, Leading Light, from three furlongs out.

Having heard his evidence and after viewing a recording of the race, they found him in breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2 in that he used his whip above the permitted level. The stewards suspended O’Brien for seven days as follows: Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th, Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th July 2014. Under rule (B)54, they also fined O’Brien £3,000.

The stewards also held an enquiry into the use of the whip by O’Brien on Carlo Bugatti (placed 7th) from two and a half furlongs out in the King George V Handicap.

Having heard his evidence and after viewing a recording of the race, they found him in breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2 in that he used his whip above the permitted level. They suspended O’Brien for a further two days as follows: Thursday 10th and Monday 14th July 2014.

The stewards also noted that the Gold Cup winner, Leading Light, had interfered with Brown Panther (placed 4th), who then interfered with Estimate (placed 2nd), who then interfered with Missunited (placed 3rd) approaching the furlong market. After viewing a recording of the incident, they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved Leading Light’s position.

 

BAN FOR CROWLEY

 Following the Gold Cup, the stewards held an enquiry into the use of the whip by Jim Crowley, the rider of Missunited (placed 3rd) from approaching two furlongs out.

Having heard his evidence and after watching a recording of the race, they found him in breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2 in that he used his whip above the permitted level. They suspended Crowley for four days as follows: Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Sunday 6th and Monday 7th July 2014.

 

BUICK AND MOORE BANNED

 Jockeys William Buick and Ryan Moore both picked-up bans following the Group Three Tercentenary Stakes (3.05pm).

The stewards found Buick guilty of careless riding in that he had manoeuvred left on fourth-placed Cloudscape when not sufficiently clear and subsequently interfered with the unplaced Obliterator. Buick was banned for one day – Thursday, July 3.

Ryan Moore, who rode the winner Cannock Chase, was also found guilty of careless riding. The stewards found he had allowed his mount to drift right into the whip and subsequently interfere with fifth-placed Barley Mow. Moore was banned for two days – Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4.