O’Brien gets four-day ban

Joseph O’Brien has picked up a four-day suspension at Chester.

The rider was found guilty of using his whip above the permitted level when finishing a narrow second aboard Betterbetterbetter, who is trained by his father Aidan, in the Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks.

O’Brien will be sidelined May 23-26 inclusive, which includes the Abu Dhabi Irish Guineas meeting.

However, O’Brien can apply to the British Horseracing Authority to defer the ban as Group One racing will be taking place.

Meanwhile, trainer John Oxx reports that Akeed Mofeed is not a certain runner in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The colt is prominent in the betting for the Investec Derby but missed the 2000 Guineas after suffering a setback and Oxx is still not convinced he is back to his best.

“We’ve no definite decision yet. We just have to do a little more work and make up our minds,” said Oxx.

“It may come too soon. I’d say he’s not a certain runner, we’ll see on Friday.”

lBoylesports will refund all bets placed on the ante-post markets for both the forthcoming Epsom Derby and Oaks, if your horse does not run.

The offer is available to new and existing customers across all channels and applies to bets placed from 9am today.

The maximum stake refundable will be €500. lThere will be an 8am inspection today of the sprint course at Cork ahead of tomorrow evening’s fixture.

The sprint course is currently raceable and has been described as soft to heavy. Should the sprint course fail this morning’s inspection, the two six furlong races (the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden and the Corkracecourse.ie Race) will both be switched to the round course and the five furlong Mallow Town Summer BBQ Evening July Handicap will be cancelled.


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