Top jockey Richard Hughes can miss the first month of the new Flat racing season once he didn’t overturn a 50-day ban incurred in India.
Hughes was suspended in February for reportedly not riding to instructions in an exceedingly race in Mumbai, an offence that is not punishable beneath British rules.
But, the British Horseracing Authority selected to reciprocate the ban.
The Irishman will not be in a position to compete in Britain til 30 April, when the Mumbai season finishes.
The ban puts an enormous dent in Hughes’ hopes of winning a initial jockeys’ championship, though he feels the ban will only price him a maximum of 10 winners.
Hughes has been spending winters in India for a lot of of his career and has enjoyed huge success recently, winning all four Classics on the filly Jacqueline in 2009 and 2010.
But, his recent stay in India has been troubled. In January he was given a lengthy suspension in ‘foul riding’, but was partially successful in an attractiveness as the ban was changed to a fine.
Hughes has never won the British title but pushed Paul Hanagan all the means to the last day of the season in 2010.