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More controversy at Stratford

A dramatic Sims Garden Machinery Novices' Chase at Stratford saw the placings reversed with Mcllhatton demoted to second.

Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies had jumped the last with a slight advantage over Tony McCoy on 4/6 favourite Rum And Butter, but as is the case at Stratford the runners have to switch left at the water jump to reach the finishing line.

The winning margin was a neck, with McCoy having to make room to ensure he got round the obstacle.

The stewards ruled Twiston-Davies was at fault on the Paul Nicholls-trained six-year-old and that interference caused had improved his placing. He was deemed guilty of careless riding in that he had "failed to allow Rum And Butter a clear run on the inside".

Twiston-Davies was suspended for two days, June 13 and 14.

In March, Twiston-Davies was initially the beneficiary in a similar verdict in being promoted to first on runner-up Benbens at the expense of Dolatulo, although the original result was reinstated following an appeal by the latter's rider, Gavin Sheehan.