Jockeys warned over cavalier riding
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.