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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Sam Twiston-Davies to appeal against £1,000 Politologue parade fine

Sam Twiston-Davies and Politologue after their Grade 2 win at Kempton in December
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Sam Twiston-Davies is to appeal against a £1,000 fine he incurred on Wednesday for breaking the Queen Mother Champion Chase parade early, insisting that his mount Politologue was unruly in the preliminaries and was a danger to others.

Twiston-Davies, who finished fourth behind Altior on the Paul Nicholls-trained grey, said on Thursday: "He misbehaved badly down the chute, and as he'd already injured one of the travelling head lads' arms – he's here today with his arm in plaster – I was worried he was going to do the same again.

"Unfortunately, on the video evidence he looked quiet so they fined me £1,000. Luckily lots of jockeys behind us saw what happened, and so I'm definitely going to appeal."

Nicholls' assistant Harry Derham confirmed the injury to box driver Kevin Parker, who has a broken wrist, and described Politologue as "a handful".

He added: "It's a shame that in the build-up to the most important race of a horse's life the parade is considered more important than the horse."


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It's a shame that in the build-up to the most important race of a horse's life the parade is considered more important than the horse
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