Jockey Raul Da Silva has found a novel way to be suspended in England.

Da Silva was riding Sandkissed at the Chelmsford night meeting on Thursday when the filly proved difficult to load into the barriers.

Da Silva dismounted and when the filly still refused to load tossed a handful of the Polytrack surface at her hindquarters.

The 100/1 chance then proceeded to load before finishing last of eight in the six furlong sprint.

Chelmsford stewards gave him a one-day ban for "improper behaviour”, deeming his action an "unacceptable method of encouragement”.

Da Silva told the Racing Post he was not aware his action contravened the rules.

"What I did helped the horse go forward. I think I did the right thing;,” Da Silva said.

“I didn't know you're not allowed to do that.”

Trainer Amy Murphy said she was surprised by the decision.

"The filly clearly wasn't fazed and what he did worked,” Murphy said.

“It was a flick of sand, the kickback that a horse receives during a race on the all-weather would be a hundred times worse.

"I'm very surprised by the stewards' decision. They were trying to get her in, she wasn't going in. He flicked some sand at her and she walked straight forward.”

 

 

 

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