Banditry takes Donny verdict

Banditry has been named the winner of a race at Doncaster last month following a successful appeal by trainer Ian Williams.

Doncaster racecourse

The four-year-old and jockey William Buick were beaten a head by the Ryan Moore-ridden and Luca Cumani-trained Laurence in the 10-furlong handicap on Town Moor almost three weeks ago.

Banditry was hampered by his rival inside the final furlong, but although there was just a head between the pair passing the post, the stewards allowed the result to stand.

Williams represented himself at an appeal hearing on Thursday, while Lyn Williams represented the British Horseracing Authority in front of an independent panel.

Buick and Moore gave evidence by telephone as both were overseas.

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Laurence was found to have ducked right, a manoeuvre Moore attributed to the horse being distracted by the route to the racecourse stables.

While the interference was deemed accidental, the panel was persuaded it cost Banditry victory and awarded him the race.

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