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Elusive Kate keeps Falmouth Stakes after appeal

Updated: Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 17:56 | Comments

Elusive Kate has a history of hanging to her left
Elusive Kate has a history of hanging to her left

Connections of Sky Lantern have been unsuccessful in their appeal against the result of the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes, with Elusive Kate confirmed as the winner.

The Richard Hannon-trained Sky Lantern, winner of the 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes, was beaten a neck by John Gosden's Elusive Kate at Newmarket last Friday but was carried across the track as the winner hung left in the hands of William Buick, who did have his whip in his correct hand.

A lengthy stewards' inquiry ensued but the placings remained unaltered, although Buick was suspended for three days for careless riding.

Sky Lantern's jockey Richard Hughes was frustrated in the aftermath of the race, making his case in the televised hearing in the stewards' room, and saying: "It's a shame, as she's the one who has the bad habit (hanging) and I'm the sufferer."

A tweet from the British Horseracing Authority said the disciplinary panel was satisfied Elusive Kate "did not improve (her) placing by virtue of interference, and the appeal has been dismissed."

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