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Posted on 05/08 by Pom de Turf

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Jockey fights last-minute appeal ahead of Hiskens

A jockey is hoping for success in a last minute attempt to ride Pentiffic at a weekend steeplechase.

AAP racing reports Trent Wells will appeal a careless riding suspension tomorrow ahead of the AV Hiskens Steeplechase at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Wells is challenging a decision on the level of suspension given out for careless riding while on Nurey in the Highweight Maiden Plate on Tuesday.

He was banned for two jumps races, which would mean he will not be able to take part on Saturday if his bid to the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board fails.

The 23-year-old will be keen to take part having already won April's 3600m Yalumba Classic Hurdle at Oakbank on Pentiffic.

Other notables for Saturday include Geeorb, who reinforced his chances earlier this month when he won the Ian Macdonald Steeple at Sandown.

Quoted by Virtual FormGuide earlier in July, owner Garry Baker said of the gelding: "He's a full brother to Team Heritage (2004 Grand National Hurdle winner) and that's why I bought him," Baker said.

"He'd won one of three hurdle starts but he was still a bit weak so after he'd had a few runs I put him in the paddock for 12 months."

A good performance at the Hiskens on Saturday could see Geeorb go on to appear in the likes of the Nakayama Grand Jump.

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