Doyle to Miss Breeders' Cup After Failed Appeal

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Hollie Doyle will miss the ride on Bradsell (GB) (Tasleet {GB}) at next week's Breeders' Cup after failing in her appeal against the severity of a careless riding ban. Doyle incurred a seven-day suspension for her ride at Kempton last week.

The British Horseracing Authority's independent disciplinary panel heard Doyle's appeal Thursday morning. The jockey contested the length of the ban rather than the riding offence itself. After hearing submissions from Charlotte Davison, representing the BHA, and Rory Mac Neice for Doyle, the panel concluded the original penalty should stand, resulting in Doyle's missing the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup, when Bradsell is due to run in the Turf Sprint at Santa Anita. Luke Morris will ride in her place.

“We do accept there was corrective action taken by Miss Doyle, but the reality was unfortunately the situation had been caused. We can see from the footage interference does take place and it is, in our view, significant,” said Rachel Spearing, the panel's chair.

“We find interference was foreseeable, it was serious and it is appropriate to fall within the careless riding [penalty] of five to 14 days. We note she was provided with a seven-day suspension and we see no reason to interfere with those days.

“We have concluded this wasn't a frivolous appeal and in those circumstances agree to return the deposit.”


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