Ban stays as Doyle loses appeal
Jockey Brett Doyle lost his appeal against a three-day ban for careless riding yesterday but walked away with $5,000 still in his pocket.
Doyle was stood down for an incident in a November 6 race involving Mr Brinker where he came out sharply to interfere with another runner.
The talented young English rider, who is retained by Andy T. W. Leung, stressed that he had acted as quickly as he could to remedy the sudden action taken by the horse.
Doyle pleaded not guilty and, after a fairly lengthy hearing, was stood down and immediately took the matter to appeal.
The hearing yesterday lasted an hour and Doyle said: 'It was perfectly fair, they listened to everything I had to say.' That Doyle's appeal had validity is best gauged by the fact that he got his money back. Usually it is forfeited to the Race Fund.
As a result of the lost appeal, there are three changes on tonight's Sha Tin card, with Eric Legrix riding Cleanpairofheels in the opening event on the mixed seven-event card; David Harrison is on Only The Brave in the second race and apprentice Alex K. S. Yu will partner Little Plaything in the nightcap.
Meanwhile, the Licensing Committee will study a performance report on all Club riders before the end of next month.
There are several different Club licences with four jockeys - Douglas Whyte, Robbie Fradd, Eric Legrix and Alan Munro - licensed for the full season and others for different time spans.
David Harrison is due to finish after the International Races meeting on December 12 but would like to stay on while French jockey Freddie Sanchez is licensed until the end of January.
There is at least one other Club jockey's slot still to be decided as Glen Boss is due to return to Australia in mid-March. Widely tipped to follow on from Boss is the talented Melbourne-based Brett Prebble.
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