Vin­ery costly for of­fend­ing jock­eys

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

Noel Cal­low’s joy at his Group I suc­cess at Rose­hill on Mon­toya’s Se­cret has been tem­pered by a hefty ban for reck­less and care­less rid­ing and a $15,000 fine.

Al­though he pleaded guilty to care­less rid­ing in the fi­nal 50m of Satur­day’s Vin­ery Stud Stakes, Cal­low was ve­he­ment in his denial of reck­less rid­ing for the same in­ci­dent.

Fox­play, rid­den by Hugh Bow­man, was checked when Cal­low shifted out and stew­ards said he should have looked to his out­side.

‘‘Wouldn’t it be rea­son­able for a jockey to look to the out­side when shift­ing out sev­eral horses?’’ chief stew­ard Marc van Ges­tel asked Cal­low.

The jockey replied he did not know Bow­man was there and the filly had shifted quickly.

‘‘I 100 per cent agree it was care­less,’’ Cal­low said. ’’But I didn’t know Hugh was there.

‘‘I don’t be­lieve it was reck­less. My filly veered out quickly.’’

Van Ges­tel and his panel dis­agreed and outed Cal­low from March 29 to April 29.

His bans are to be con­cur­rently. His two fines are also con­cur­rent.

‘‘We are not go­ing to tol­er­ate riders rid­ing reck­lessly over this car­ni­val,’’ van Ges­tel said. Cal­low said he would ap­peal. Mon­toya Star, a $130,000 Karaka year­ling of­fered by Phoenix Park, headed home a New Zealand-bred tri­fecta in the rough-house con­test with Nurse Kitchen a $100,000 year­ling from Che­quers Stud sec­ond, and Har­low Gold a $200,000 High­den served $15,000 Park Karaka year­ling third.

Fel­low Mel­bourne jockey Re­gan Bayliss, who fin­ished third in the Vin­ery on Har­low Gold, will be out for most of April af­ter cop­ping a ban for shift­ing in at the 200m, caus­ing Lu­biton to check Smart As You Think, with that filly’s rider, Corey Brown, al­most fall­ing.

Bayliss will ride at Rand­wick on Satur­day April 1 and can re­turn on April 30.

He was fined $2000. Bren­ton Av­dulla’s ride on Mo­queen in the Vin­ery has cost him the chance to re­peat his VRC Oaks win on Las­queti Spirit in the Australian Oaks on April 8.

Av­dulla was outed for five meet­ings, start­ing af­ter next Satur­day. The New Zealand­trained hope in the race was La Bella Diosa who dis­ap­pointed for the sec­ond time in suc­ces­sion af­ter win­ning first-up in Syd­ney.

‘‘Trav­elled nice in the run but once I let her go she floun­dered in it,’’ said ex­pat jockey Ja­son Col­lett. The deep Rose­hill track was her un­do­ing in the eyes of Mandy Brown who co-trains the filly with hus­band, Matt at Ran­giora.

‘‘The ter­ri­ble track con­di­tions are trip­ping her up,’’ Brown said on Sun­day. ‘‘But we’re go­ing to sit it out in Syd­ney.’’


La Bella Diosa’s un­placed run in Satur­day’s Vin­ery Stud Stakes hasn’t changed plans to run in the Australian Oaks.

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