Bergin banned for 28 days after Haydock error
APPRENTICE jockey David Bergin was handed a 28-day ban by the Haydock stewards on Saturday after he was found guilty of failing to ride out a horse that would have otherwise won.
The error came in the opening mile handicap on the card as the Bergin-ridden Classic Colori ranged up to leader Albaqaa with a furlong to go and looking the likely winner.
Ridden by Bergin to join the leader, the 5lb claimer then sat up in the saddle just after the half-furlong marker, handing back the initiative to eventual winner Albaqaa.
Close home Bergin appeared to realise his mistake and tried to rally but it was too little too late for the David O'Meara-trained six-year-old.
At the subsequent inquiry, Bergin admitted mistaking the half-furlong pole for the winning post and was handed a 28-day ban, the entry point for such an offense. The ban starts on June 8.