06 Nov 2007 Pre-2014 Releases

A formal appeal has been lodged by trainer Peter Makin against the decision of the Newmarket Stewards to demote first past the post, Classic Descent, ridden by Seb Sanders, and promote Black Rain, ridden by Jamie Spencer and trained by Philip McBride in the Prestige Vehicles EBF Maiden Stakes (Div 1).

The Appeal will be held at the British Horseracing Authority’s Shaftesbury Avenue office at 7am on Thursday 8th November.

Paul Struthers, PR Manager for the British Horseracing Authority, said:

“Deciding to stage the appeal this week at 7am is not a decision we took lightly. It’s been years since such a thrilling climax to the season and it simply wasn’t acceptable to allow the possibility of the Jockeys’ Championship to be decided by the Disciplinary Panel after the conclusion of the turf season.

“We are conscious of the inconvenience to both jockeys and we apologise for that but we hope they, and the public, understand and appreciate the decision we have come to.

“Whilst the outcome of the appeal will obviously have some impact on who will be champion, at least now the action will culminate where it should do – on the racecourse – and we wish them both the very best of luck.”

6th November 2007

Notes for Editors

The Appeal will be open to the press. Please contact the Press Office on 020 7189 3866 if you would like to attend. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.