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UK Jockey Feels Heat Of Indian Summer
English jockey Martin Dwyer says he intends to appeal against a significantly increased ban imposed by the Royal Western India Turf Club on Monday, reports the theguardian.com. Dwyer was initially banned for two months following his losing ride on race favourite Ice Age at Mumbai in February. The favourite's demise prompted and angry mob of racegoers to direct their fury at Dwyer resulting in the hoop being escorted to safety. The original ban was imposed after stewards viewed race footage showing Dwyer's mount drifting in and hampering the runner-up in the concluding stages. Stewards deemed Ice Age a non-starter and called an inquiry into Dwyer's ride resulting in the two-month ban. However, reports emanating from India suggest Dwyer's sentence could be increased to 8 months. Dwyer, who believes he did not receive a fair hearing at the initial inquiry, commented, "I am a bit confused at this stage and either way it is not good news. All I can do now is wait for the official notification and see what the reasons are." The British Horseracing Authority said they would await further information before making any comment.