Brendan Powell hit with 14-day ban at Newton Abbot | Race News

Jockey Brendan Powell has been banned for 14 days for improper conduct after an incident during the penultimate flight of the Fudge Bassett Memorial “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle in Newton Abbot.

The rider was aboard David Bridgwater’s extraordinary man in the extended two-mile, two furlong contest and approached second to last with a narrow lead as another horse, the San Giovanni driven by Harry Fry, challenged his interior.

Extraordinary Man began to drift to the left as the obstacle approached and forced San Giovanni off his line, the latter gelding then flying away and knocking down jockey Kevin Brogan.

Powell was also dislodged in the aftermath, with one of the loose horses preventing eventual Light Em Up finalist Nigel from running to the last, allowing 80-1 of Holerday Ridge to claim the prize.

The British Horseracing Authority stewards’ report said: “An investigation was carried out to consider interference approaching the penultimate obstacle when Extraordinary Man, ridden by Brendan Powell, interfered with San Giovanni, ridden by Kevin Brogan, who fled as he approached the obstacle.

“Brendan Powell was suspended for 14 days for misconduct because after realizing Brogan was improving his position on the inside, he continued to ride an overly competitive line, causing interference when it should have been obvious that by riding on this line interference would result, and contributing but not causing San Giovanni, who had passed Extraordinary Man at the time, to run out before the head of the obstacle rail.”

Powell’s ban begins April 30, is suspended May 1 because there is no jump racing, and resumes May 2 to continue until May 14.




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