GBI RACING

Ellliott and Brooke penalised for Braid Blue effort at Ayr

Mixed day for Gordon Elliott

Gordon Elliott endured a mixed day on Wednesday as he celebrated three winners at Ayr, but was also hit with a £3,000 fine for schooling in public.

Elliott was on the mark with the unbeaten Galvin (30-100 favourite) in the Dream Weddings At Western House Hotel Novices’ Hurdle, Veinard (2-1) in the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Chase and Arion Sky (7-4 favourite) in the closing bumper.

Davy Russell rode the first and last of those, but Conor O’Farrell replaced him on Veinard as Russell was still shook up from a fall on Pat’s Oscar, who looked set to win the Weatherbys General Stud Book Mares’ Handicap Hurdle when coming down at the last.

However, the stewards were not happy with Henry Brooke’s ride on Braid Blue, who finished a nine-length fifth to Galvin.

The stewards judged that Brooke could not be seen to have asked for a “timely, real and substantial effort to obtain the best possible placing”.

Brooke was suspended for 14 days and Braid Blue prevented from running for 40 days.

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