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Jockey jubilant at wrong finish


From correspondents in Dublin

December 28, 2005

JEERS greeted a jockey who mistook the winning post and lost the big race of the day at Leopardstown in Ireland overnight (AEDT).

Leading with 150 metres to go, Roger Loughran, riding 11/4 second favourite Central House, thought he had passed the winning post, stopped riding and punched the air in triumph.

He was still celebrating as Hi Cloy (8/1) and Fota Island (9/1) raced by to grab the spoils with Central House passing the post in third, one and a half lengths behind.

Central House's trainer Dessie Hughes told local At The Races TV channel: "He'd given him a super ride up to that point. It's human error - he just thought he was at the winning post."

Loughran, who only recently turned professional, was banned for two weeks by the stewards, but Central House earned a 10/1 quote for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March.

Hughes, who is keeping faith with Loughran, said: "It's up to Roger now to have the strength to keep going the way he was going and there'll be no problem.


"He's a good rider. These things happen."



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