✅ Breaking News – Jedd O'Keeffe backs Joe Colliver despite chance of missing Cheltenham

Jedd O'Keeffe says he will stand by Joe Colliver despite the jockey being rostered to appear at Harrogate Magistrate's Court next Thursday on a drink driving charge, the same day he is due to ride the trainer's Sam Spinner in the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival Colliver is understood to be confident that the date of the hearing will be deferred to allow him to ride at the Festival The 27-year-old rider served three months of a ten-month prison sentence in 2016 and had to wear an electronic tag on his release after persuading a friend to lie and says he was behind the wheel when Colliver's car crashed and he was charged with drink driving in 2015 Share this article Share Both men subsequently pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice Colliver's rehabilitation, supported by O'Keeffe, was one of the stories of last season, with the jockey winning the Long Walk Hurdle on Sam Spinner before they were unplaced in the Stayers' Hurdle O'Keeffe said: 'Joe is scheduled to have a magistrate hearing next Thursday but has employed a barrister and he is 100 per cent certain the hearing will be deferred in which case he would be free to ride at Cheltenham 'He told me he was in a good enough frame of mind to ride Joe rides out here twice a week and is always in time, is always in a fit state to ride and rides beautifully and sympathetically 'He is great with the other staff and I have always been thrilled with how he has race ridden I don't approve of drink driving but I have no complaints about the work he has done for us 'Sam Spinner, who finished fourth to Stayers' Hurdle favourite Paisley Park in the Cleeve Hurdle on his last run, is a 33-1 shot for the Stayers' Hurdle Trainer Noel Meade is planning to run last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup fourth Road To Respect in the shorter Ryanair Chase Jockey Nico De Boinville has chosen to ride Nicky Henderson's Angels Breath in Tuesday's opening Supreme Novices' Hurdle rather than stablemate Mister Fisher Share this article Share

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