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Cosgrave cleared for action

Pat Cosgrave has been cleared to return to the saddle pending his appeal to the BHA not to reciprocate the four-month ban handed out by the ERA

Cosgrave was found guilty of a blatant breach of the rule regarding improper riding which has a detrimental image to racing following his performance on the Mike de Kock-trained Anaerobio at Meydan in March.

The jockey was found to have moved his mount off the rail in the straight to allow stablemate Vercingetorix through on the inside to win the Group One Jebel Hatta, with Anaerobio eventually third.

Cosgrave was initially banned for six months by the Emirates Racing Authority but that was reduced to four months following an appeal.

However, Cosgrave has asked the British Horseracing Authority not to impose the suspension in this country and will be free to ride until his appeal is heard.

The BHA tweeted: "The Disciplinary Panel have directed that the penalty imposed on Pat Cosgrave by ERA should not apply in Britain for two weeks, or until non-reciprocation application is heard, whichever is first.

"Cosgrave is subsequently free to ride in Britain as of tomorrow. If hearing cannot be arranged within two weeks (May 20) then it will be necessary to decide if further stay of ERA penalty is justified."