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Amateur Young is handed seven-day ban for riding ill-judged race in bumper.

Byline: Andrew King

AMATEUR rider Richard Young was handed a seven-day ban by the Worcester stewards on Saturday night for riding an ill-judged race aboard Cap Classique, who finished fourth in the concluding bumper, writes Andrew King.

The Simon Earle-trained gelding, who had been beaten 79 lengths on his only previous racecourse outing at the course in a similar contest in June, was tailed off after six furlongs of the contest on this occasion.

However, he appeared to stay on to some effect in the final half-mile of the race under seemingly tender handling from Young to be beaten only 13 lengths by the all-the-way winner Chocolate Soldier.

Earle and Young were both called before the stewards and faced a lengthy inquiry into the running and riding of Cap Classique, with the trainer exonerated but the jockey being banned.

Young said afterwards: "These are meant to be educational races and that was what I was trying to do - educate the horse. They went so quick early on that they were virtually going up and down in front of me in the home straight and that has made it look worse.

"I did what I thought was best for the horse's future and as a result I've been suspended because it looked worse on the film in the stewards' room than it actually was."

Earle, who has not trained a winner for over a year, said: "The horse is a dodgy character. I rode him myself on his first run here in June. He was very keen that day and virtually trying to crawl over other horses, so I told Richard to drop him out but it appears he's overdone it a bit."

Stipendiary steward Louise Williams said: "The stewards took a look at the running and riding of Cap Classique and after hearing evidence from Earl and Young decided that Young had ridden an ill-judged race and suspended him for seven days."

Young is suspended on September 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12 and 13.

Worcester report, page 92


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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2003
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