Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Ulster National makes it double joy for Stuart Crawford

Hidden Horizons has finally been confirmed as winner of the Toals Ulster Grand National.

The outcome proved to be part of a double boost for in-form Larne trainer Stuart Crawford who had a winner at the Perth Festival yesterday with Strongpoint, ridden by his brother Steven.

Unoccupied was first past the post at Downpatrick last month with Hidden Horizons promoted from second after a stewards' inquiry due to interference.

This outcome has finally been confirmed following the hearing at the Curragh of an appeal by the owners of Unoccupied.

Philip Enright had withdrawn his appeal of a two-day riding ban but the owners of Unoccupied continued with their appeal.

The stewards had found that Unoccupied had caused interference to Hidden Horizons and had improved his placing as a result.

The grounds of appeal were that the interference did not affect the placings.

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Banbridge jockey Pat Cosgrave's appeal against a six-month ban will be heard on Monday, the Emirates Racing Authority has confirmed.

The rider was hit with the lengthy ban after he was found to have moved his mount Anaerobio off the rail in the straight to allow fellow Mike de Kock-trained runner Vercingetorix through on the inside to win the Group One Jebel Hatta at Meydan on March 8.

Anaerobio eventually finished third in the nine-furlong contest, two lengths behind the winner.

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