04/21/2002 11:00PM

Hearing for Kinane Friday

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Michael Kinane has appealed the seven-day suspension that threatens his customary place aboard Johannesburg in the Kentucky Derby.

The appeal was lodged with the Disciplinary Committee of the English Jockey Club on Monday. John Maxce, the Club's press officer, said that the hearing will be held on Friday morning at the Jockey Club's headquarters in Portman Square in London.

Kinane's suspension was assessed for "irresponsible riding of a major nature" aboard the disqualified Sahara Desert in an allowance race at Newmarket last Thursday. The ban would keep him out of action on April 27 and from April 29 through May 4. The long gap between the date of the infraction and the start of the suspension is to allow ample time for an appeal.

Kinane overcame a suspension imposed by the Irish stewards before the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes last July. But such suspensions are rarely overturned by the authorities in Britain.