Stew­ards draw line in sand

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - LEO SCH­LINK

STEW­ARDS have put jock­eys on no­tice – take un­nec­es­sary risks at your peril.

Craig Wil­liams (23), Ben Mel­ham (12) and Re­gan Bayliss (seven) were outed for a to­tal of 42 meet­ings for care­less rid­ing at Flem­ing­ton on Saturday.

Chief stew­ard Terry Bai­ley warned cava­lier rid­ing would not be tol­er­ated af­ter a ro­bust in­quiry in­volv­ing Mel­ham, who was sus­pended for his ride on Mighty Boss.

Mel­ham, who might ap­peal, was irate af­ter stew­ards blamed him for ham­per­ing Dwayne Dunn on Royal Sym­phony in the Pin & Win Plate.

Mel­ham ac­cused Dunn of putting both jock­eys in dan­ger af­ter their mounts made con­tact ap­proach­ing the 1200m mark of the 1400m race.

Dunn was up­set and made his feel­ings plain to fel­low rid­ers as he re­turned to scale. And he didn’t mince his words at the sub­se­quent in­quiry.

“It was just rude and un­called for,” Dunn said of Mel­ham’s rid­ing. “The out­side horse moved in and bashed me and then did it again. I had to re­lin­quish the spot.”

Mel­ham dis­agreed. “Why is he (Dunn) al­lowed to come out to meet me but my horse can’t shift in at that point?” he asked stew­ards.

“He’s put him­self in dan­ger, put me in dan­ger and I’m sit­ting here fac­ing this charge. It’s dan­ger­ous him rid­ing out.

“Some­one had to give or I would have got chopped from horses on the out­side.”

Stew­ards said Dunn had a right to hold his line.

Bayliss was sus­pended for his ride on Eclair Sun­shine.

Wil­liams will not ap­peal a ban that could re­sult in him miss­ing five Group 1 rides be­fore he re­sumes on Oc­to­ber 8.

He pleaded guilty to in­ter­fer­ence that led to Lime­stone and Damian Lane crash­ing heav­ily 100m from home in the Dane­hill Stakes. Both horse and rider were un­in­jured.

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