JOCKEY Kieran Shoemark has been hit with a seven-day ban for his part in a ‘scary incident’ at Lingfield.
The rider was suspended for a week after a careless riding offence – which nearly caused a pile-up.
Shoemark, 24, has been rebuilding his career over the past 18 months after testing positive for cocaine in the autumn of 2018.
He rode a winner on his first ride back in June 2019 after a six month ban and has ridden over 50 winners this year – but this will be a moment he wants to forget.
Riding 14-1 shot What An Angel, he tried to shift across to lead on the rail shortly after the start.
But he was insufficiently clear of Desert Boots, who went on to win the race, which sparked a domino effect.
Desert Boots and jockey Andrew Breslin wereforced into the path of Nurse Dee, ridden by Paul Hanagan, who was squeezed between that horse and Cuban Cigar on her inside.
The filly clipped heels and very nearly fell into the path of several runners in behind.
The stewards’ were not impressed with Shoemark’s conduct in the saddle.
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The report from the stewards’ enquiry read: “An enquiry was held to consider interference approximately 6 furlongs out when Almost An Angel, ridden by Kieran Shoemark, interfered with the winner, Desert Boots, who in turn interfered with Nurse Dee who in turn interfered with Cuban Cigar.
“Shoemark was suspended for 7 days for careless riding as he allowed his mount to drift left-handed, towards the rail, when insufficiently clear carrying Desert Boots onto Nurse Dee, which was badly tightened for room between the gelding and Cuban Cigar, which resulted in Nurse Dee losing its position, clipping the heels of Desert Boots and stumbling.”
Shoemark will be banned from December 16 and able to resume riding on December 23.