Extraordinary finish to the 2005 Champion Hurdle was recalled by a barrister arguing that context could explain an unusual ride by a jockey

The memory of Harchibald’s extraordinary performance in the 2005 Champion Hurdle was used on Thursday as part of a successful defence in a “non-trier” case. The tactics used by his jockey, Paul Carberry, which were hotly debated at the time, were recalled by the barrister Graeme McPherson QC as an example of how a jockey’s tactics can only be understood with the benefit of knowledge about the horse.

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