Barry Geraghty ruled out of Punchestown after incurring ban

The horse Noble Emperor has been banned and the trainer has received a fine

Barry Geraghty ruled out of Punchestown after incurring ban

Barry Geraghty ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Barry Geraghty has been ruled out of the Punchestown festival with a 30-day ban for his ride on Noble Emperor at Limerick.

The horse has been banned for 60 days and trainer Tony Martin has been fined €3,000.

All the jockeys bar Barry Cash, who rode the winner Velocity Boy, were invited in by the officials to explain why they allowed the eventual victor so much of a lead.

Geraghty on the Tony Martin-trained runner finished strongly to come in second, but was still beaten by 11 lengths.