sport

Greatrex delight at Dolatulo appeal

Warren Greatrex has expressed his delight after an appeal against Dolatulo's controversial demotion at Stratford last month was upheld.

Dolatulo passed the post first in the hands of Gavin Sheehan in a two-mile-seven-furlong handicap chase, but was later disqualified and placesecond by the Stratford stewards after they deemed he had interfered with initial runner-up Benbens.

The latter's jockey, Sam Twiston-Davies, had nowhere to go as he went for a run up in the inside and aimed to bypass the water jump with just strides remaining and almost went through the rail.

As well as Dolatulo's demotion, Sheehan was handed a four-day suspension for careless riding, but following an appeal from the jockey, the ban has been quashed and the placings have reverted to the original order.

Greatrex said: "I'm very pleased. The more I watched the replay, I was starting to wonder if we were seeing things differently to everyone else.

"I was more concerned for Gavin than anything. To get a four-day suspension was very harsh and on him, I thought, so to have that quashed is great.

"He's close to winning the conditional jockeys' title and a four-day suspension could have set him back. Hopefully he'll get there now.

"I'm pleased for Gavin, the horse and the owner.

"We've got the result in the end and I'm happy."