Talking Horses: jockey gets eight-week ban over 'absurd' World Trip ride

By: Chris Cook Friday 27 November 2020

Callum McKinnes was found to have breached the non-trier rules in a recent ride at Hereford and admitted lying to stewards

The jockey Callum McKinnes has been given an eight-week suspension under the non-trier rules for a ride described as “absurd” by a disciplinary panel. The 23-year-old said he had panicked when World Trip made “a gargling noise” on the run-in and hung off a true line on her way to finishing fifth in a Hereford novice hurdle last month, but admitted he had lied to the raceday stewards in claiming that a series of erratic movements he made in the saddle were just part of his normal riding style.

“After the last hurdle in particular, we can only describe some of his actions as absurd,” said Tim Charlton QC, who chaired the panel. McKinnes’s riding had been criticised at length by the British Horseracing Authority’s barrister, Louis Weston, who said over replays of the closing stages: “He starts to make erratic movements with his arms, out of rhythm with the horse. What is he doing?

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