Barry Geraghty files against hefty ban imposed by Limerick stewards

Barry Geraghty files against hefty ban imposed by Limerick stewards

Barry Geraghty has lodged an appeal against the 30-day ban he was issued by the stewards at Limerick following his ride aboard Noble Emperor on Sunday.

The Gold Cup-winning jockey was hit with the suspension after finishing second aboard the Tony Martin-trained eight-year-old in the www.limerickraces.ie Handicap Hurdle.

The suspension, which is due to begin on April 17, would rule him out of riding at the Punchestown Festival.

"He has appealed the decision of the stewards to ban him for 30 days and the forfeiture of his riding fee," said Turf Club press officer Cliff Noone.

Acting under Rule 212, which governs running and riding, the stewards were of the opinion Geraghty had failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing, banning him for 30 days, with the horse prevented from running for 60 days and Martin fined €3,000.

Martin has appealed against his fine and the horse's ban.

A date for the hearing has yet to be arranged.

"There is no date yet. I'd guess it might be next week some time. I doubt very much it will be this week, with Aintree coming up," said Noone.

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