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Navan stewards overruled in Fine Rightly race

Updated: Friday, 20 Dec 2013 19:27 | Comments

The racing authorities in Ireland and Britain have opted to focus on suspending jockeys guilty of riding infractions rather than disqualifying horses in a policy that has led to an increases of such incidents
The racing authorities in Ireland and Britain have opted to focus on suspending jockeys guilty of riding infractions rather than disqualifying horses in a policy that has led to an increases of such incidents

Fine Rightly has been promoted to first place at the expense of Royal Caviar in the 'Future Champions' INH Flat Race at Navan following an appeal by connections to the result of the Grade Two contest.

Royal Caviar, trained by Willie Mullins, was first past the post last weekend, but did bump the Stuart Crawford-trained runner-up Fine Rightly in the closing stages before recording a two-and-a-quarter-length success.

Winning rider Patrick Mullins received a five-day ban for careless riding, although the stewards allowed the result to stand on the day after an inquiry.

But an appeal was lodged by Crawford and that was upheld by the appeals and referrals committee on Friday.

After deliberating and watching recordings of the race, the officials were satisfied that on the balance of probability Royal Caviar had improved his position in relation to Fine Rightly.

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