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Cromwell pledges his support.

TRAINER Gavin Cromwell has pledged to help Ger Fox rebuild his riding career after the Irish Grand Nationalwinning jockey was hit with a ban that rules him out for at least the remainder of the season, writes Richard Forristal.

As well as riding a lot of his horses, Fox also doubles up as assistant trainer to Cromwell, who gave evidence on his behalf at the hearing.

"I don't condone what he has done, but hopefully he'll learn from it," Cromwell said. "I was very surprised - unbelievably surprised - in the first instance, so I'm taking it was a one-off.

"Ger is a good fella and a good worker, and is a great help to me in the yard, so hopefully he's going to learn from this. He's eager to knuckle down and get back."

In light of the increasing number of riders testing positive for cocaine, Cromwell welcomed the committee's suggestion that deterrents be doubled to four years. He also commended the Turf Club's handling of Fox's case.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 2, 2017
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