Barry Geraghty: Jockey wins appeal against 30-day ban

Barry Geraghty
Barry Geraghty won the 2003 Grand National on Monty's Pass

Jockey Barry Geraghty has won his appeal against a 30-day ban that had threatened to rule him out of next week's Punchestown Festival.

The punishment was handed out after stewards at Limerick felt Geraghty, 36, did not allow a horse to run on his merits in a handicap hurdle on 3 April.

Geraghty's ride, the JP McManus-owned 7-4 favourite Noble Emperor, came a distant second to Velocity Boy.

But a three-hour Irish Turf Club hearing cleared Geraghty of any blame.

He told the appeal board that he was more likely to have finished fifth had he tried to keep up with the winner.

The Limerick stewards, acting under Rule 212, had also banned Noble Emperor for 60 days and fined Martin 3,000 euros (£2,400). Those sanctions were also overturned at the hearing.

The Punchestown festival begins on 26 April.