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Moloney appeals improper riding ban
17 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Eddy - 
Victorian jockey Patrick Moloney has lodged an appeal against a 28-day suspension over the serious charge of improper riding at Sale on Tuesday.

At an adjourned hearing into the matter on Thursday evening, stewards found Moloney guilty of improper riding aboard Percivall Pott in the Benchmark 64 race over 2219 metres, claiming Moloney 'deliberately shifted his mount in onto Time For Dancing in an attempt to take up the one-off position that horse held'.

Stewards noted that Percivall Pott made contact with Time For Dancing, resulting in that horse 'becoming badly unbalanced and forced off its rightful running'.

Percivall Pott ($6.50) finished fifth behind Gifted Lad, with Time For Dancing ($12) in seventh spot.

Moloney confirmed on Friday that he has lodged an appeal against the charge and the suspension, with that hearing to come before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board shortly.

Moloney's suspension began on Thursday night and is set to end on March 10.

Meanwhile, in other stewards news from Thursday night, jockey Sam Payne has been suspended for four months after returning a urine sample which contained a prohibited substance in a test taken at Ballarat on January 9.

Payne's suspension was backdated to January 25, which was the date he was stood down, and will conclude on May 25.

In assessing penalty, stewards took into account Payne's guilty plea, honesty during the inquiry, and his personal circumstances.

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