Geraghty Cleared To Ride At Punchestown

Jockey Barry Geraghty is now free to ride at the Punchestown Festival, after having his 30-day riding ban rescinded. Geraghty had been handed the ban for his ride on Noble Emperor at Limerick on the 3rd April. The stewards deemed that Geraghty had broken Rule 212 (failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to give his mount the full opportunity to win or obtain his best possible place.)

The appeal took place at the Irish Turf Club headquarters on Monday evening, during a lengthy hearing the appeal panel heard evidence from Geraghty. The jockey told the board that ‘he would have been more likely to finish fifth than second had he tried to go with Velocity Boy and that the horse that had tried to go with the winner had paid the price.’

After hearing and then deliberating for over 4 hours, the three-man panel ruled in favour of Geraghty, now leaving him free to ride at Punchestown, Judge Tony Hunt said: “ In our view there was no opportunity for Noble Emperor to win the race at any relevant time.”

Geraghty said after the hearing “It’s been a long night; I’m delighted with the decision. It was a tricky race for me to ride. I am just glad that it was seen in its true light.”