It was a superb finish to the Ascot Gold Cup yesterday and the O’Brien’s ruled once more.
However as J.A McGrath writes, “Joseph O’Brien’s memories of an epic win on Leading Light in Thursday’s Ascot Gold Cup have been muddied by two whip bans, totalling nine days, that rule him out of the Coral-Eclipse early in July. The Irishman was also fined £3,000 over the whip abuse.
The stewards examined the jockey’s riding of Leading Light in the closing stages and found that he hit his mount 11 times, four above the permitted level. O’Brien received seven days for that offence in the Gold Cup, and then picked up another two days for a further whip offence, aboard Carlo Bugatti in the finale. He is now banned on July 3-9, 10 and 14.”
Today’s Royal Ascot fancies:
2.30 Ascot- Sexy Legs & Bazzana (e/w).
3.05 Ascot- Saxo Jack (e/w).
3.45 Ascot- Miner’s Lamp (e/w).
4.25 Ascot- Kiyoshi & Tapesty (e/w).
5.00 Ascot- Century (e/w).
5.35 Ascot- Louis The Pious & Rene Mathis (e/w).
Leg it! 😉