Greatrex fine quashed as panel halves Sheehan’s riding ban

Trainer Warren Greatrex has had his £3000 fine quashed – while jockey Gavin Sheehan has had his suspension halved – following their appeal against a judgment of schooling and conditioning Beaufort in public at Newbury.

The disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority cut Sheehan’s ban down from 14 days to seven, as well as wiping out Greatrex’s fine.

The Newbury stewards ruled the horse had appeared to be ridden without substantial effort from Sheehan.

Beaufort was one of three complete outsiders at 250-1 in a 16-runner maiden hurdle over two miles on December 16, and was beaten 76 lengths in 13th place behind odds-on winner Lecale’s Article.

Both Sheehan and Greatrex have had their deposits returned. Full written reasons for the panel’s decision will follow in due course.

Greatrex said: “I’m happy with the result. Obviously I thought I was sure I hadn’t done anything wrong, and it’s been proved that’s the case.”

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