Jockey banned for 10 days after ‘winning’ Perth race

NATIONAL Hunt jockey Sean Quinlan, who rides for trainer Jennie Candlish’s Basford Green stables, has been handed a 10-day suspension by stewards.

Quinlan was one of three jockeys stood down “in breach of stop race procedures” at Perth earlier this week.

He was riding the stable’s Red Giant in a three-mile novice chase and crossed the finishing line first only for the race to be declared void.

Red Giant was returning from a six-week break and went off 7/4 favourite under Quinlan who, along with the two other jockeys, was accused of ignoring ‘stop flags’, imposed after a horse lay critically injured near the finish after falling during the race.

Course stipendary steward Adrian Sharpe said: “We decided the jockeys were in breach of stop-race procedures – particularly the flags on the run-in – and they were suspended for 10 days.

Once that flag has been deployed stewards have no option to void the race,” he added.

Clerk of the course Harriet Graham explained: “I stopped the race for the safety of the personnel by the screen (put around the fallen horse).”

When asked by reporters if the right decision was taken by the stewards, Quinlan replied: “No, I don’t think so because we had loads of room to go where we went.

There was nothing (warning) in front of the third last (fence), there was nothing in front of the second last, and there was nothing in front of the last, and we had plenty of room to go through to the finish.”