Olly Murphy plans to appeal £3,000 schooling in public fine

Olly Murphy plans to appeal the £3,000 schooling in public fine he was handed following the run of Rock On Tommy at Huntingdon.

The stewards held an enquiry into the running and riding of the 100/1 shot, beaten almost 30 lengths into seventh in the opening contest won by Prince Escalus.

Their report suggested the five-year-old, fifth in a bumper on his only prior start, was "tenderly handled" in the 2m race.

Jockey Fergus Gregory was suspended for 14 days (October 27 to November 9), while Rock On Tommy was banned from running for 40 days.

Gregory told the stewards he was instructed to drop the gelding in and to give him an educational run, because he was green on debut 17 days earlier.

He added that his mount was keen and jumping moderately at home before the Covered By MansionBet Faller Insurance Novices' Hurdle, so the plan was to get him to take to the obstacles while also trying to keep him settled.

However, the enquiry found Rock On Tommy had not been asked for timely, real or substantial effort.

The in-running comments read: "Held up in mid-division, towards rear 3rd, not fluent 3 out, nudged along and no impression."

Murphy confirmed the plan is to contest the stewards' decision.

"Both myself and Fergus Gregory are looking to appeal," he said.

"We feel very hard done by."

Later on the card, trainer Graeme McPherson was walked to the medical room after being kicked by his intended runner in the 1.00 race, Dublin Four.

The six-year-old was withdrawn from the MansionBet Proud To Support British Racing Novices' Handicap Chase over 2m 4f.

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