Murtagh Yet To Decide On Appeal

The six day ban for careless riding conveyed on Johnny Murtagh by the Newmarket stewards, after his triumph on Starspangledbanner in the July Cup, has the jockey undecided as to whether to lodge an appeal against it.

Johnny Murtagh

Johnny Murtagh

Standing inclusively from July 23 to 28, the stewards decision comes at a pivotal moment of the season. The jockey received the verdict for tacking left over to the far rail in the opening leg of the race.

Murtagh will be excluded from the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and will also miss the two starting days of Glorious Goodwood, of which incorporates the Sussex Stakes.

His potential King George rides would involve Cape Blanco the Irish Derby champ, who could battle with Workforce in the midsummer event.

"I'll have a look at the video of the race a few times before making a decision on appealing," he said.