Brian Hughes ban put on hold while BHA does further investigation after jockey in Carlisle weighed in 5lb after an easy win over Bingo D’Olivate
- Brian Hughes’ mountain was disqualified and banned for three days after weighing
- Trainer James Ewart was also fined £ 750, while Hughes appealed his ban
- The BHA is conducting further research into the cause of the underweight
The suspension that was handed over to Brian Hughes after he had weighed lightly in Carlisle on Monday has been put on hold while the BHA is conducting further investigations.
Hughes weighed in 5 pounds light after easily winning the final race at Bingo D’Olivate. His horse was disqualified and he was banned for three days, while trainer James Ewart was fined £ 750. Hughes has appealed his prohibition.
The BHA said yesterday: “The suspensions and fines regarding this horse that weighs in the light have remained temporary pending further investigation into the exact cause of the underweight.”
Brian Hughes’ three-day ban on underweight weight has been put on hold by the BHA
With Hughes, who rides in Newcastle on Saturday and leads Richard Johnson 129-111 in the title race, the result of the research can influence the outcome of the championship.
Meanwhile Ben Pauling trained La Breuil became the new 10-1 favorite for the Kim Muir Fulke Walwyn Challenge Cup Chase next month in Cheltenham after Gordon Elliott’s Glenloe was excluded due to an injury.
Donnacha O’Brien had his first win as a trainer when Flower Garland won in Dundalk last night. It was the fourth runner O’Brien, son of Aidan and brother of Joseph, had aired since retiring as a double champion jockey in November.