Sherwood and Aspell fail in appeals
Trainer Oliver Sherwood has had his appeal against a £3,000 fine over the running and riding of Furrows at Hereford on December 5 dismissed by the British Horseracing Authority's disciplinary panel.
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Jockey Leighton Aspell was handed a 14-day ban after the race and his appeal has also been rejected, while the horse has been suspended from running for 40 days.
Sherwood and Aspell have 48 hours to appeal the disciplinary panel's decision and take the case to the appeal board.
The local stewards felt Furrows, sent off at 20-1, appeared to be tenderly handled when finishing fourth on his debut over fences behind Vulcanite in the bet365.com novices' chase, beaten 12 lengths.
They found Sherwood guilty of schooling/conditioning the horse on the racecourse.
In his defence, the Upper Lambourn handler told the Hereford 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 disciplinary panel found that Aspel had made no discernable effort to obtain the best possible placing or be seen to be doing so and that the run was 'a confidence booster'.
Sherwood fully supported the ride and was therefore found in breach as well.
The trainer refused to comment when contacted, while an understandably disappointed Aspell said: "I've got nothing to say really."