Jock­eys warned over cava­lier rid­ing

NT News - - ATHLETICS -

STEW­ARDS have put jock­eys on early no­tice as the spring car­ni­val heats up – take un­nec­es­sary risks at your peril.

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

Chief ste­ward Terry Bai­ley warned jock­eys cava­lier rid­ing will not be tol­er­ated af­ter a ro­bust in­quiry in­volv­ing Mel­ham, who is con­sid­er­ing an ap­peal af­ter he was outed for his ride on Mighty Boss.

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

Mel­ham ac­cused Dunn of “putting him­self in dan­ger, put me in dan­ger” af­ter their mounts made con­tact ap­proach­ing the 1200m.

Dunn didn’t mince his words at a sub­se­quent in­quiry.

“It was just rude and un­called for,” he said when de­scrib­ing Mel­ham’s rid­ing.

“The out­side horse moved in and bashed me and then did it again. I had to re­lin­quish the spot.”

Mel­ham ve­he­mently dis­agreed.

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

“He’s put him­self in dan­ger, put me in dan­ger and I’m sit­ting here fac­ing this charge.”

Stew­ards told an an­noyed Mel­ham Dunn had a right to hold his line.

Bayliss was sus­pended for his ride on Eclair Sun­shine in the same race.

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