Dwyer ban reduced
Martin Dwyer has had an eight-month riding suspension reduced to 56 days at an appeal hearing in India on Saturday.
The Derby-winning jockey, 38, finished a narrow third on market leader Ice Age at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai on February 17, which prompted an angry response from racegoers.
He was initially suspended for 56 days, but the stewards of the Royal Western India Turf Club concluded in August that Dwyer should be given a far stiffer punishment after he was adjudged not to have ridden the filly on her merits.
An appeal board of the RWITC has now shown some leniency by reducing Dwyer's ban at the jockey's hearing at Pune racecourse.
Dwyer intends to appeal to the British Horseracing Authority not to reciprocate the revised suspension.
Professional Jockeys Association chief executive Paul Struthers tweeted: "It is still a disgraceful decision and the RWITC have gone totally against their own rules by failing to uphold Martin's appeal in full.
"An application will be made to BHA press office on Monday requesting the ban is not reciprocated and for stay of penalty pending hearing."