I will go to As­cot says banned de Souza

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CHAM­PION jockey Sil­vestre de Sousa says a rid­ing ban which rules him out of Bri­tish Cham­pi­ons Day at As­cot is “a bit harsh”.

But the Brazil­ian will at­tend the event next Satur­day to re­ceive his tro­phy de­spite ear­lier hint­ing he might not. De Sousa has been banned for 18 days for an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of whip of­fences.

“I will be at Cham­pi­ons Day to col­lect the tro­phy that I have worked so hard for this sea­son,” said the 37year-old rider.

De Sousa, who will be crowned cham­pion jockey for the third time, told his Bet188 blog: “I feel it’s a bit harsh and frus­trat­ing that they have ruled me out of rid­ing at As­cot next Satur­day on a day I was sup­posed to be there to be crowned cham­pion jockey for a third time.

“Every­one knows I give 100 per cent ev­ery time I get on a horse and when you ride as many as I do sus­pen­sions are in­evitable.

“I just feel there could have been a bit more le­niency shown when it comes to rid­ing on Cham­pi­ons Day, par­tic­u­larly when you con­sider that I have bro­ken the rules on just five of my 837 rides this sea­son so far.”

Six days of De Sousa's ban have been de­ferred un­til Jan­uary 3, mean­ing he will be able to ride Withold in the Mel­bourne Cup on Novem­ber 6.

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