Furrows team lodge appeal
Oliver Sherwood and Leighton Aspell are to contest the punishments they received over the running and riding of Furrows at Hereford.
Sherwood warned he felt like quitting training after being fined £3,000 while Aspell was hit with a 14-day ban (December 19-22, 26-31, January (1-4) and the horse was prevented from running for 40 days.
The local stewards felt Furrows (20-1) appeared to be tenderly handled when finishing fourth on his debut over fences behind Vulcanite, beaten a total of 11 and three-quarter lengths, in the bet365.com Novices' Chase on December 5.
The stewards found Sherwood guilty of schooling/conditioning the horse on the racecourse. In his defence, the Upper Lambourn told the officials the horse had a history of leg problems, was an average jumper at home and had suffered a nasty fall at Sandown earlier in his career.
The appeal will be heard by the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday.