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Thursday, May 25, 2006



RESULTS OF APPEALS HEARD BY THE DISCIPLINARY PANEL OF THE HRA ON THURSDAY MAY 25




Neil Callan

The Disciplinary Panel of the Horseracing Regulatory Authority considered an appeal lodged by Neil Callan, the rider of the winner, GRANNY PEEL (IRE), in the Homezone Hot Shots Claiming Stakes, against the decision of the Stewards at Wolverhampton to find him guilty of careless riding and to suspend him from riding for two days, following an enquiry on 15th May 2006.

The Panel heard evidence from N Callan, who was legally represented, and R Miles, the rider of CIRCLE OF TRUTH. It also viewed video recordings of the race.


The Panel found that GRANNY PEEL (IRE) had interfered with ALL TALK, ridden by James Doyle, and CIRCLE OF TRUTH, and that it was caused by careless riding on the part of Callan in that on the bend out of the back straight he manoeuvred the filly onto the rail which caused both riders to take evasive action.


The Panel dismissed his appeal and suspended him from riding for 2 days on Friday 26th May and Saturday 27th May 2006. It ordered the deposit money to be forfeited.


Shane Kelly

The Disciplinary Panel of the Horseracing Regulatory Authority considered an appeal lodged by Shane Kelly, the rider of SKYE BOAT SONG, unplaced, in the Kempton For Outdoor Events Tri-Banded Stakes, against the decision of the Stewards at Kempton to find him guilty of careless riding and to suspend him from riding for three days, following an enquiry on 15th May 2006.

The Panel heard evidence from Kelly, who was legally represented, and Saleem Golam, the rider of THREE FEATHERS.


The Panel found that after about a furlong SKYE BOAT SONG had interfered with THREE FEATHERS, who in turn interfered with KING'S MELODY, ridden by J Millman, unplaced, and that it was caused by careless riding on the part of Kelly in that he manoeuvred right handed, tightening up the horses on the inside. The Panel concluded that this interference was not responsible for TOPFLIGHT WILDBIRD, ridden by J P Guillambert, being pushed onto the rail.


The Panel upheld his appeal in part and suspended him from riding for 1 day on Saturday 27th May 2006.


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