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Dwyer Indian Suspension Reduced
UK jockey Martin Dwyer has had an 8-month riding suspension reduced to 56 days at an appeal hearing in India on Saturday, reports ukracing.com. Dwyer was initially banned for 56 days following his losing ride on race favourite Ice Age at Mumbai in February, which prompted an angry response from racegoers. But the stewards of the Royal Western India Turf Club concluded in August that Dwyer should be given a far stiffer punishment after he was adjudged not to have ridden the filly on her merits and imposed the 8-month term. An appeal board of the RWITC has now shown some leniency by reducing Dwyer's ban to its original term. Dwyer intends to appeal to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) not to reciprocate the revised suspension. A statement by the BHA read, "BHA's rules on reciprocity are clear and reflect those recommended by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA)... The fact that the RWITC is not a signatory to the IFHA's International Agreement is not relevant in this context, and any application will be considered in line with the BHA's rules of racing."