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Wolverhampton: stewards hand apprentice ten-day ban for ride

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Apprentice Carter handed ten-day ban

APPRENTICE Adam Carter was handed a ten-day ban by the Wolverhampton stewards on Tuesday after he was fund guilty of failing to gain the best possible place on the Tim Easterby-trained Faffa in a 6f handicap.

The Stewards held an enquiry into the running and riding of Faffa who they found "was tenderly handled over the final two furlongs before running on to finish third".

They interviewed Carter and and Easterby's representative. They also received a report from the veterinary officer.

Carter stated his instructions were to drop in, to get the gelding to settle as he had run keenly over 5f in his previous race. He added that having taken a pull on leaving the stalls Faffa was initially outpaced and then tended to run in snatches.

He went on to say that while he was happy with his position round the final bend, he had been wasting heavily at short notice and after feeling weak in the straight was consequently unable to ride more vigorously and go for his whip.

The trainer's representative confirmed the instructions and conceded that Carter could have ridden a stronger finish on the easy to back 7-2 chance.

Carter, who has ridden 38 winners, said: "It looked a bit bad in the straight. I've lost weight for the ride, I was 8st 11lbs on Sunday and had to be 8st 7lb today.

"The boss asked me if I could to ride it and I wanted to ride it as I won on it last time and I felt a bit weak. If I'd given it one or two with a bit more force it maybe should have won.

"I felt it [the ban] was a little bit harsh but I've watched the replay and it does look a bit bad and also people backed it. I'd be the same if I backed it."

Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race the stewards found Carter in breach of Rule (B)59.4 and guilty of failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing. They suspended him for 10 days, Tuesday 5 to Thursday 15 February inclusive.

Stipendiary steward, Louise Williams "During the running of the race, we were concerned that Mr Carter seemed to be sitting quietly on his horse and we were waiting for him to show some effort in the home straight.

"Having discussed it we ordered the horse to be clinically tested straight away and held the running and riding inquiry, during which Mr Carter admitted that he'd been wasting heavily recently and felt weak and unable to go through with his effort.

"We went through the procedures - was the horse asked for a timely and substantial effort. Having the heard the evidence we concluded that he hadn't and so therefore he was in the category of rider fails to take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race.

"The range is seven to 21 days with a recommended entry point of ten days. As we felt we couldn't mitigate either up or down we remained at the entry point."

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