Nine-day ban for McGrath

JEREMIAH McGrath was given a nine-day suspension at Cheltenham yesterday - despite Thursday’s amendments to the British Horseracing Authority’s stringent whip rules.

McGrath, attached to Nicky Henderson’s yard, was given the hefty ban after just failing to win on Semi Colon in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

He will be sidelined between November 25-30 and December 1-3. Because McGrath’s offence was at the upper level he will lose his percentage of the prize-money.

In the opening race at Prestbury Park, the Irish Times Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase, Tom Bellamy was found guilty of using his whip with excessive frequency and was banned for two days on days to be notified.

Henry Oliver was also given a three-day ban (November 25, 27-28) for his winning ride on Kent Street in the Newcastle Flooring Novices’ Hurdle at Newcastle.

Shannon Edmondson was suspended 14 days at Lingfield for “failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing”. The 7lb claimer finished last in the Ashurst Wood Apprentice Handicap aboard the Willie Musson-trained Broughtons Swinger. Edmondson will be suspended on November 25-26, November 28-30, December 1-3 and December 5-10.

Daniel Cremin found himself in hot water after the same race. The 7lb claimer was banned seven days (November 25-26, November 28-December 2) for using the whip with excessive frequency aboard the unplaced Rowan Ridge. Jimmy Quinn and Fergus Sweeney also received two-day whip bans earlier on the card.

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