Current champion jockey Oisin Murphy is set to miss the St Leger meeting at Doncaster next month after picking up a seven day ban at Ayr on Monday afternoon.
The stewards at the Scottish track found the jockey guilty of careless riding and with this ban it could play a major part in this seasons championship with Murphy currently 18 winners ahead of his rival Tom Marquand.
Murphy partnered Tiritomba to a two-and-a-quarter-length win in the Shadwell Stud Maiden Stakes on Monday, but it looked like the the filly had drifted across and hampered second-placed Ricksen in the finish, prompting the stewards to take a look.
Murphy was seen to have “allowed his mount to drift left for a considerable time without sufficient correction causing (Ricksen’s rider Paul) Mulrennan to take a significant check and clip heels” and was banned for seven days for that offence.
Murphy’s suspension will take effect from September 7 to September 13 inclusive – ruling him out of Doncaster’s four-day meeting, meaning he could miss some key rides, especially in the Group One on the Saturday.