Jump Jockey Henry Oliver has been suspended for 28 days due to a mistake that made him lose a race at Leicester. Oliver and his mount Lambrini Mist seemed to have ensured victory at the Prairie Minstrel in the Prima Handicap Chase but the jockey dropped his hands, which caused the horse to get up in the final steps.
“It was a mistake and I hold my hands up,” Oliver said. “ I didn't want to knock the old horse about any more than I had to.” The stewards found that if it hadn’t been for Oliver’s mistake, Lambrini Mist would have won.
Although trainer Robin Dickin showed sympathy for Oliver, he did not hide his disappointment. “If Henry hadn't stopped riding, he (Prairie Minstrel) would have won. "I haven't even got a small doubt about that. He would have won - and should have won. It was a serious error. But we all make mistakes,” Dickin said.
Oliver’s ban goes from November 24th to December 22nd.