Frost and Whelan fined and banned over non-trier

Trevor Whelan: jockey was banned for 16 days

PICTURE: Getty Images Frost and Whelan fined and banned for non-trier By Andrew King 5:22PM 27 NOV 2016

JOCKEY Trevor Whelan was banned for 16 days and trainer Kevin Frost fined £3,500 after the Leicester stewards found them guilty under the non-triers rule following Chieftain's Choice's fast-finishing fifth in the concluding handicap hurdle landed by Rocklander.

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Chieftain's Choice is now also ineligible to run for 40 days from Tuesday after the eye-catching performance which saw him beaten only nine lengths after being held up in the rear for much of the race.

The Racing Post comments in running for the seven year old read: Held up, pulled hard early, ran on well from bypassed last, never near to challenge.

Stipendiary steward Simon Cowley said: "We considered the run to be schooling and conditioning in public and the stewards came to the conclusion that the horse had not been asked a timely, real or substantial effort in the race."

Both Whelan and Frost declined to make any comment before leaving the course.

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