Jacob gets 10 day ban
(Healy Racing Photos)
Riding the well-backed Ulis De Vassy, Jacob was disputing the lead in the Racing Welfare Fox-Pitt Handicap Hurdle when he appeared to mistake a marker pole 50 yards from the finish for the winning post and momentarily eased his mount down.
Although it seemed unlikely that his mount would have got the better of the battle with 9/2 winner Quaddick Lake, the winning margin was only a neck and the stewards ruled that he had failed to ride out "on a horse that could have been placed first" and banned him for 10 days.
Jacob declined to comment on the stewards' decision, but the ban which covers racedays from December 20 to January 1 includes his ride aboard Kauto Stone in the King George VI Chase and the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow on the following day.
He may have drifted pretty markedly in the ring (2/5 to 4/6) before the Next Meeting Feb 7th (QR) (C&G) Maiden Hurdle at Clonmel but that made not a whit of difference to Ballycasey as he brought up a double for Willie and Patrick Mullins.