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David Probert - May 2009

David Probert: misses start of Flat turf season after dropping hands

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Probert promises not
to repeat Lingfield error

DAVID PROBERT promised on Friday never to make the mistake of dropping his hands again after the rider was hit with a 28-day ban for failing to ride out to the finish at Lingfield earlier in the day.

Probert was beaten a nose by Saharia in the 1m seller having stopping riding his mount, the even-money favourite Paphos, close to the winning line.

The jockey, who was joint-champion apprentice with William Buick in 2008, was reprimanded by the stewards at Lingfield and claimed his mistake was a simple error of judgement.

Speaking at Wolverhampton on Friday evening, Probert said: "It was just an error. I thought I was two lengths clear and cruising in. It was a mistake, but I'll just have to get on with things and make sure I never do anything like that again."

Probert, who has ridden 30 winners on the all-weather this winter, is banned from March 15 to April 13 and will miss the opening weeks of the Flat turf season.

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