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Nina Carberry's Grand National ban lifted thanks to 'ambiguous wording'

BHA rule ban will not apply on Grand National day.

NINA CARBERRY IS free to ride in the Aintree Grand National after the British Horseracing Authority ruled that her ban will not be enforced on that day.

Carberry was set to miss the iconic race after she was handed a seven-day ban for misuse of her whip at the Cheltenham Festival.

As an amateur, her ban is only applicable on days when there are races specifically aimed at amateurs.

That was expected to include the famous Aintree meeting on 9 April but the BHA clarified on Thursday evening that both Carberry and Sam Waley-Cohen are free to ride.

“Owing to ambiguous wording of the Rule, suspensions imposed on Sam Waley-Cohen and Nina Carberry will no longer apply on Grand National day,” they tweeted.

“This decision follows a representation to this effect being made by Sam Waley-Cohen today.

“A BHA statement will follow in due course.”

Carberry has ridden in the Grand National five times previously, finishing on four occasions.

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