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Henry's 20-day ban overturned

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry (left) celebrates with punters after winning the Coca Cola Invitational Mile at Caymanas Park on Saturday, November 14. Henry rode the winning horse, PHINEAS, for trainer Andrew McDonald.

Former champion jockey Wesley 'Callaloo' Henry has successfully appealed a 20-day suspension and $10,000 fine imposed by the raceday stewards for his failure to ride MEET JUSTIN on its merits in the fourth race on Saturday, July 26.

The Patrick Lynch-trained MEET JUSTIN finished fourth to the 30-1outsider DON TUDOR over the straight in a three-year-old maiden race on the day in question, but the stewards were not satisfied with the ride and summoned the jockey to an enquiry on September 29.

His suspension was to have taken effect on October 10, but he appealed to the full commission and was granted a stay until the case was reviewed on Tuesday.

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After hearing submissions from the stewards, trainer Patrick Lynch and compelling arguments from Ed Barnes representing Henry, the full commission overturned the decision of the stewards, allowing Henry to walk.

Since his return from a stint in the United States in July, Henry has been riding very well, notching 32 wins (including a recent four-timer) to hold down ninth position in the jockeys' standings.

- O.C.