Dwyer appeal likely to take time
Martin Dwyer's proposed appeal against an eight-month suspension could take up to "three or four weeks", said his Indian-based spokesman Sadakshara Padmanabhan.
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The Derby-winning jockey was hit with the revised sentence at an appeal hearing in Mumbai on Monday.
Dwyer, 38, finished a narrow third on market leader Ice Age at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai on February 17, which prompted an angry response from racegoers.
He was initially suspended for two months - due to run from April 6 to May 31 this year - but the stewards of the Royal Western India Turf Club concluded on Monday that Dwyer should be given a far stiffer punishment after he was adjudged not to have ridden the horse on its merits.
Padmanabhan, who trains Ice Age and is representing Dwyer in India, said he had yet to receive written notification of Dwyer's suspension from the RWITC, but has already started the process of a new appeal.
He told Press Association Sport: "I am in touch with Martin every day and he is obviously very unsettled by what has happened.
"I do not want to comment too much about what happened as it is still an ongoing process.
"I have still to receive the written report from the RWITC. I should get that in the next few days.
"I will be sending a letter to the RWITC informing them of our decision to appeal the punishment.
"I think it will take at least three or four weeks for the appeal board to arrange a hearing.
"This is only the first stage."
A head-on video of the race showed Ice Age drift towards the rail in the closing stages, during which time Dwyer's mount bumped the eventual runner-up and caused the jockey to snatch up his mount.
RWITC stewards called an inquiry and announced the horse was to be deemed a non-starter, with all bets refunded.
At the time, Dwyer suggested his mount had not moved correctly and suffered a nosebleed.
Padmanabhan said he presented fresh evidence to the RWITC which showed the horse was susceptible to breaking blood vessels but this was disregarded by the racing authority.
He said: "We came across new evidence before the hearing. She scoped eight times and from seven of those eight times, she bled.
"The bleeding was actually waiting to happen.
"The horse did not leave her box for five days before the race and, in my opinion, this exacerbated the process of bleeding."
Dwyer, who said he felt he did not have a fair hearing at the initial inquiry, returned to India in April for an appeal but found the matter being referred back to the stewards for further investigation.
A further appeal hearing scheduled for June was postponed.
His revised suspension will run from August 31 to April 30 next year.
Should Dwyer again fail in his appeal bid, he has the option of asking the British Horseracing Authority not to reciprocate the ban.
There had been speculation Dwyer would be free to ride during the days of his suspension when racing is not held in India.
But Behram Engineer, secretary of the RWITC, said any ban would be fully inclusive, and expects the BHA to reciprocate the punishment.
He said: "At this stage, the stewards have meted out their punishment to Martin Dwyer and we are expecting him to appeal.
"A letter has been sent out to him informing him of our decision.
"This is a complete ban. It is not true Martin Dwyer would be able to ride when the five race clubs in India are not racing in India.
"We will, of course, be writing to them (BHA) to reciprocate it (the ban), but that would only be after the appeal period is over.
"How can you not reciprocate? These are the reciprocation rules we have all agreed to."