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Fitzpatrick handed six-day ban after striking out at rival.

Byline: Tony Elves

Robbie Fitzpatrick was handed a six-day ban at Southwell yesterday after being found guilty of improper riding, writes Tony Elves.

The stewards viewed the video recording of the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Handicap (Div II) and

found that Fitzpatrick, riding Clansman, had struck out at Bint Habibi and her rider Chris Catlin two furlongs from home. They suspended him for six days-December 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and 29.

Fitzpatrick accepted the stewards' decision although he felt that he had been hard done by.

He said: "He shouldn't have been going there and he's got away with it without getting any days.

"He went by me and hit my leg on the way past and up my horse's neck.

"It was a reaction in the heat of the moment and I didn't really make any contact-I think six days is an awful lot."

Paul Fessey was another jockey in trouble with the stewards after riding Foreign Editor to finish second to Garth Pool in the Tote Trifecta Handicap.

Fessey was found guilty of improper riding under Jockey Club Instruction H9, in that he had used his whip with excessive frequency and without allowing the gelding to respond.

Fessey was suspended for two days, on December 20 and December 21.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2000
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