Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Maguire Appeals against Riding Ban

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Maguire Appeals against Riding Ban

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JASON MAGUIRE will appeal against a seven-day ban that rules him out of the ride on leading Stan James Champion Hurdle hope Peddlers Cross at Cheltenham next month.

The in-form Irishman was all set to partner the unbeaten six-year-old for Donald McCain on March 15 - but found himself in hot water with the stewards at Doncaster following his ride on the stable's Cool Mission, runner-up to Beshabar in the three-mile beginners' chase.

His suspension will be effective from March 9-15 inclusive.

Peddlers Cross beat reigning champion Binocular in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle in November, and demonstrated his current well-being with a long oddson success at Kelso last week. He is a best-priced 11-2 chance for Cheltenham glory.

Stipendiary steward Robert Earnshaw said: "He has been suspended for using his whip on Cool Mission. The veterinary officer found that the horse had minor weals."

Maguire said: "It's very frustrating for me because it's the first day of Cheltenham and I'm due to ride Peddlers Cross. …

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