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Jockey Davy Russell suspended for four days for punching horse

The Guardian logo The Guardian 5/09/2017 Press Association

© Guardian Davy Russell has been given a four-day suspension by the Turf Club appeals body following the incident at Tramore in ahich he struck Kings Dolly.

Following an investigation, Russell was originally given a caution with no further punishment from the referrals committee after appearing to punch Kings Dolly before a race on 18 August.

However, after an internal review the Turf Club said the registrar of the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase Committee had asked the appeals body to look at the findings of the referrals committee “on the grounds that it was unduly lenient”.

Russell, twice champion jockey in Ireland and winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2014 on Lord Windermere, had argued he wanted the horse to concentrate and that it was inappropriate to use the whip under the circumstances.

But the rider’s actions were heavily criticised in many quarters, including by the RSPCA, who felt that Russell deserved a stiffer penalty.

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