By Jon Lees
Hong Kong: Neil Callan is challenging the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s decision to suspend him for the rest of the season by lodging an appeal.
Callan was stood down with immediate effect by the Club’s licensing committee last week at a hearing into his conduct at a stewards’ inquiry in February.
He was alleged to have been disrespectful to the stewards’ panel when issued with a three-day careless riding ban.
On Monday the Hong Kong Jockey Club announced: “Jockey N Callan has lodged notice of his intention to appeal against the decision made by the Licensing Committee on 7 April 2021 to suspend with immediate effect his current Club Jockey’s licence until the conclusion of the 2020/2021 racing season.”
The 42-year-old jockey was hit with one of the strongest penalties handed out in Hong Kong, which if confirmed would bring an end to a successful eight-year stint in the region. The sentence also prevents him from riding in any other jurisdiction until the season ends on July 14.
Callan was one of Britain’s most prolific winners before he relocated to Hong Kong in 2014. He twice finished runner-up in the jockeys’ championship, riding 170 winners in his best season in 2007.
His G1 wins included the Nunthorpe Stakes on Borderlescott in 2009 and Middle Park Stakes on Astaire in 2013. He has ridden 21 winners in Hong Kong this season to take his overall total to 276.
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