Horse Racing

Saturday suspensions

Michael Walker will be out of action from December 23 until January 2 after NSW stewards handed the Victorian-based jockey a careless riding suspension for his steer on Doubt Defying (fifth) in the Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Walker pleaded guilty to a charge under AR137(a), with the stewards report stating: near the 200m he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear of Articus, resulting in Articus having to be checked.

Further he continued to allow his mount to shift in when not clear of Interlocuter near the 150m, resulting in Interlocuter being steadied and losing its rightful running. 

Walker wasn’t the only jockey to cop an enforced holiday out of Saturday’s metro racing.

In the nation’s west at Ascot, Damian Lane was handed a 13-meeting ban for careless riding on Mrs Mac’s Handicap (1200m) winner Angelic Ruler.

At Flemington, Joe Bowditch and Michael Poy were both given eight-meeting careless riding suspensions. 

Bowditch’s ban came out of his ride on Mahis Angel (fifth) in the Sports Environment Alliance Handicap (1410m).

Poy caught the attention of stewards for his ride on Reata (fourth) in the Pin & Win Fundraiser Trophy (1200m).

Both Bowditch and Poy’s suspensions are due to begin at midnight on December 22 and expire at midnight on December 30.

The stewards report from Doomben is yet to be released but Brisbane-based journalist Nathan Exelby reported on Twitter that both Tegan Harrison and Luke Tarrant received suspensions.

He said Harrison received a nine-day ban out of her ride on New Horizons (second) in the BRC Memberships from $ 99 Class 3 Plate (1350m) while Tarrant copped eight days over his ride on Tarzan (third) in the Bribie Handicap (1050m).

The stewards report from Saturday’s South Australian metro meeting at Gawler meeting is yet to be released.

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