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Paco Boy - Royal Ascot - 16.06.09

Paco Boy and Richard Huges winning the Queen Anne Stakes

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Banned Hughes to miss Paco Boy ride in July

RICHARD HUGHES is likely to miss the ride on Paco Boy in the Darley July Cup on July 10 after picking up a six-day ban for careless riding at Windsor on Monday night.

The offence occurred as Hughes partnered the Simon Callaghan-trained Saturn Girl to victory in the 1m½f maiden. A stewards' inquiry left the result unaltered but the jockey will be out of action on June 6-11 after the filly hung left in the final furlong.

Hughes, who initiated a double on the night courtesy of Palisades Park in the 6f maiden, said : "I was only doing just enough as she (Saturn Girl) was winning comfortably and I had my stick in my left hand and I didn't know where the second was.

"The stewards haven't used their discretion at all in giving me six days - it is over the top and is going to cost me a lot with a Group 1 day.".

Stewards' secretary Paul Barton added: "The stewards considered it was considerably interference as Hughes did nothing for 15 strides to straighten his mount as he drifts into the runner-up.

"Having come to this conclusion, the scale of suspension is five to nine days and the stewards decided it was worth six. As to the result the stewards felt it looked as if Saturn Girl won with a bit in hand on the balance of probability would have won without causing the interference."

The news comes on the back of a brilliantRoyal Ascot for Hughes, who recorded a first day treble and finished second to Johnny Murtagh in the jockeys' table.




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