Jockey Jacob Rule has been handed a 25-meeting ban for careless riding aboard Darkside in race three at Wangaratta on Saturday.
Stewards found that Rule permitted his mount to shift out at the 400m mark of the 2000m event when not sufficiently clear of Offsett who was then tightened for room between Darkside and Desert Rain.
The tightening led to Offsett clipping the heels of Darkside, sending both Offsett and his rider Harry Coffey to the turf.
Thankfully both horse and jockey avoided serious injury in the fall, with a post-race veterinary examination revealing Offset was suffering from muscle soreness but was structurally sound.
Coffey was able to get to his feet but was stood down from his remaining engagements on the card due to mild soreness in his neck.
Darkside shifted off the rail when insufficiently clear of Offsett. Video: Racing.com
Rule’s mount Darkside, a drifter in betting from $ 15 out to $ 41, went on to win the race by three-quarters of a length, defeating the $ 2.70 favourite Front Page News.
Rule’s licence to ride in races was suspended from midnight on January 5 to January 28 – a total of 25 meetings (8 metro/17 provincial).
In arriving at this penalty, stewards took into account Rule’s guilty plea, good record and that the incident resulted in a fall. </span></span>