The stewards at Doncaster dished out a £4,000 fine to trainer Gary Hanmer and suspended conditional jockey William Shanahan for 18 days after judging Flaming Ambition as a non-trier in the 2m½f novice hurdle (3.20) on Thursday.

The five-year-old was making his first start for the Cheshire-based trainer and was sent off a 7-1 chance. He was held up throughout and stayed on to finish fourth, 13 and three-quarter lengths behind winner Geometrical.

The stewards report, however, states he appeared to be ridden "with a level of restraint" before staying on under what was described as a "tender hands and heels ride."

Hanmer was subsequently fined for "schooling and conditioning the horse on the racecourse" while Shanahan, whose suspension will run between February 24 and March 13, was deemed to "fail to ride his mount in such a way that he could be seen to ask for timely, real and substantial effort to obtain the best possible placing".

Hanmer told the Racing Post he was "disappointed" by the ruling and is considering an appeal against the decision following discussion with Flaming Ambition's owners.

He said: "I'll speak to the owners but they were amazed and, like us all, disappointed by what's happened, so we'll see what we'll do and go from there."