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The most probable scenario is a rap over the knuckles.
Michael Cullen was given a rap over the knuckles for failing to nominate a rider for Fatalistic in the beginners' chase.
But instead of the rap over the knuckles that she deserved, she has been humiliated by a record one-month suspension from the house.