Jockey Andrea Atzeni cannot ride at the Guineas meeting at Newmarket next weekend after his appeal against a six-day ban was rejected.
The 28-year-old jockey was banned by stewards after they found him guilty of using the whip on four occasions in the wrong place aboard the Alan King-trained Beringer, when winning a mile handicap at the Craven meeting.
The appeal, held at BHA headquarters in London on Friday, was heard by a disciplinary panel which was shown video evidence of the four whip strikes which occurred in the closing stages of the race.
BHA interim head of regulation Andrew Howell presented the regulator’s case, using video evidence to identify the four offending strikes, all of which occurred inside the final two furlongs.
He argued that strikes four, five, six and seven were not on the horse’s quarters and that the jockey’s arm was not extended and the whip could be seen running down the back of the runner’s number cloth.
“While accepting the charge of improper use of the whip, Atzeni, who was represented in his appeal against the severity of the penalty by solicitor Rory Mac Neice, sought a ‘proportional’ two-day reduction to the ban on the grounds he was trying to correct the four-year-old from hanging left and it was only by accident that he made contact with the winner’s midriff.
Following a 30-minute deliberation, the panel, while accepting Atzeni’s mitigations, found in favour of the raceday stewards’ and upheld the six-day punishment. The rider misses rides from May 2-7 which includes the Guineas weekend.