Furrows team lodge appeal
Trainer Oliver Sherwood and jockey Leighton Aspell are to contest the punishments they received over the running and riding of Furrows at Hereford.
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Sherwood warned he felt like quitting training after being fined £3,000 while Aspell was hit with a 14-day ban (December 19-22, 26-31, January (1-4) and the horse was prevented from running for 40 days.
The local stewards felt Furrows (20-1) appeared to be tenderly handled when finishing fourth on his debut over fences behind Vulcanite, beaten a total of 11 and three-quarter lengths, in the bet365.com Novices' Chase on December 5.
The stewards found Sherwood guilty of schooling/conditioning the horse on the racecourse. In his defence, the Upper Lambourn told the officials the horse had a history of leg problems, was an average jumper at home and had suffered a nasty fall at Sandown earlier in his career.
The appeal will be heard by the British Horseracing Authority on Thursday.