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Sherwood and Aspell bid fails

Oliver Sherwood has had his appeal against a 3,000 fine over the running and riding of Furrows dismissed by the BHA's disciplinary panel.

Leighton Aspell was handed a 14-day ban after the race at Hereford on December 5 and his appeal has also been rejected, while the horse has been suspended from running for 40 days.

Sherwood and Aspell have 48 hours to appeal the disciplinary panel's decision and take the case to the appeal board.

The BHA Press Office tweeted: "Appeals of Oliver Sherwood and Leighton Aspell dismissed. Penalties stand. Sherwood and Aspell have 48 hours to appeal decisions."

The local stewards felt Furrows, sent off at 20-1, appeared to be tenderly handled when finishing fourth on his debut over fences behind Vulcanite in the bet365.com novices' chase, beaten 12 lengths.

They found Sherwood guilty of schooling/conditioning the horse on the racecourse.

In his defence, the Upper Lambourn handler told the Hereford 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.