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Cosgrave eyes Dubai return

Pat Cosgrave would have no qualms about returning to Dubai after the lengthy suspension he incurred at Meydan was not reciprocated by the BHA.

Cosgrave, 32, was initially handed a six-month suspension by the Emirates Racing Authority following his performance on the Mike de Kock-trained Anaerobio at Meydan in March.

The rider 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's ban was reduced to four months following an appeal to the ERA in May.

The jockey asked the British Horseracing Authority not to uphold the suspension, which was due to expire on July 16, in this country and had been free to ride untia hearing on Tuesday.

"I don't know if you could say I was surprised at the result. I was going there hoping, but I'm happy and it was the right result in the end," Cosgrave told At The Races.

"It's been over three months now. It felt a long time when I wasn't riding, the last few weeks have been OK because I've been back riding.

"I'm glad it's over now and I can move on with my career.

"I don't see any reason why I shouldn't go back to Dubai. I'm second jockey to Mike which is nice, the weather is nice and it's good racing. I hope to go back there in November/December.

"They had to look into a lot of different things, they had the inquiry and came to the conclusion that it was worth six months. I think that was a little bit harsh and wrong.

"It's over and done with now, so hopefully we can get on with racing.

"Paul (Struthers) has been brilliant, the PJA (Professional Jockeys Association) have been top-class, Christopher Stewart-Moore and Graeme McPherson were very good as well. All the trainers who have stuck by me have been good. George Baker has been very good to me, there's loads of trainers I could mention.

"Mike has been a good help as well. It's good to get it over and done with."