John Allen ban reduced, free for Derby day

John Allen returns to the mounting yard on Tysonic after winning the Sportsbets Power Play Fillies and Mares BM64 Handicap , at Sportsbet Ballarat Racecourse on October 25, 2018 in Ballarat, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

John Allen is free to ride on Victoria Derby day at Flemington after having a careless riding ban varied on appeal.

Allen was suspended for eight meetings at Geelong on Wednesday but was able to get one meeting shaved off at an appeal on Friday against the severity of the penalty.

It means Allen will not miss a Saturday meeting, with his suspension to start after he rides at Saturday’s Cox Plate meeting at Moonee Valley.

He can return for the Victoria Derby meeting at Flemington on Saturday week.