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Da Silva Banned Due To Sand

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Jockey Raul Da Silva has been handed a one-day ban for improper behaviour after gently throwing sand at his mount to try and get her to enter the stalls at Chelmsford.

Sunkissed, a two-year-old filly, was reluctant to load but Da Silva got her to go forward when gently tossing some of the Polytrack surface at her quarters. A 100-1 outsider, she then proceeded to load but finished last of the eight runners in the 6f novice event.

Da Silva found himself before the Chelmsford stewards, who gave him a one-day ban for "improper behaviour", as his unusual loading technique was deemed an "unacceptable method of encouragement".