JOCKEY Pat Cosgrave, who was found guilty of improper riding aboard Anaerobio following the Group One Jebel Hatta at Meydan in 2014 and was banned by the regulatory body for six months, has decided to pay off his costs to the Emirates Racing Authority. He will be riding at Meydan this season.

The former champion Irish apprentice, well-know in SA for his participation in the Jockeys’ Internationals, appealed against his suspension and it was later reduced to four months. Cosgrave then went to the British Horseracing Authority who did not reciprocate the ban in the UK.

At the time the costs equated to around £35,000, but due to exchange rate fluctuations now stand at roughly £48,000.

“There’s no hard feelings. I spoke to Sam Shinsky, the head of stewards at the ERA, and Frank Gabriel of the Dubai Racing Club and they seem very accommodating about the whole thing,” Cosgrave said.

“I wish I had paid it several months ago as the exchange rate has made it around £48,000. Prize-money is good in Dubai though and I hope to not be riding for free for too long.”

Gabriel, Executive Director of the Dubai Racing Club, confirmed the news: “Pat Cosgrave is licenced and eligible to ride at Meydan on Thursday,” he said.

Cosgrave will be attached to Mike de Kock’s stable and will be one of four riders at the South African’s Blue Stables. Jim Crowley will get first call on Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s horses in his new role as retained rider, while Christophe Soumillon will ride all of Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa’s horses, the best of which is Mubtaahij, last season’s Dubai World Cup runner-up.

Bernard Fayd’Herbe is another rider already out in Dubai but is not as light-weight at Cosgrave and there should be significant openings elsewhere with agent Carl Hodgson booking rides. He also hopes to ride out at Saeed bin Suroor’s Al Quoz stables. – Racing UK.


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