Timmons handed 12-day suspension at Punchestown
Jockey Chris Timmons was hit with bans totalling 12 days, trainer Eddie Cawley fined €3,000 and his horse Fruits Of Glory banned for 60 days under the non-trier rule at Punchestown on Wednesday evening.
Fruits Of Glory finished a staying-on fifth in the 2m5f beginners' chase, beaten 34.5 lengths behind winner Lost Nick, with both rider and trainer found in breach of Rule 212A (ii) after stewards inquired into the running and riding.
In his evidence, Timmons stated that his instructions were to "settle his mount early on, creep into the race and to do the best he could".
Adding that his mount was a "difficult type that runs very free when in company and chokes when he puts himself under pressure".
Timmons also reported that his mount had choked early on in this race and throughout but, despite this, felt his mount "jumped well apart from the last", before staying on well past tired horses in the closing stages.
Cawley confirmed the instructions and expressed his satisfaction with the ride. He referred to the horse's previous form, how difficult he is to settle in his races and that he rides out alone at home in an attempt to get him to relax.
However, the stewards found that the horse had not been ridden to achieve the best possible placing and penalties were issued.
Having been handed a ten-day ban for breaching Rule 212, Timmons picked up an additional two-day suspension for failing to report initially to officials that the horse had choked.
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