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McDonald's appeal dismissed

By Adrian Dunn TVN Friday, November 9, 2012 - 12:23 PM


JAMES McDonald will miss two Group 1 rides on the final day of the VRC spring carnival after the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board dismissed his appeal against a 14-meeting suspension.

McDonald, suspended on Caulfield Guineas day and then runner-up in the Melbourne Cup, will not be able to ride Secret Admirer in the Emirates Stakes and Satin Shoes in the Emirates Stakes.

He will also miss the rides on Silent Achiever in the Matriarch Stakes and Lightinthenite in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Brenton Avdulla will take the ride on Secret Admirer while Craig Williams will ride Lightinthenite and Hugh Bowman will partner Silent Achiever and Steven Arnold rides Satin Shoes.

McDonald was suspended for 14 meetings on a careless riding charge for causing interference to Sanagas near the 800 metres of the Melbourne Cup.

RAD Board chairman Russell Lewis rejected the proposition forwarded by McDonald’s counsel, Des O’Keeffe that if the jockey had not moved to the outside at the time he did he would have run into the back of Ethiopia, which had began to fall back through the field.

O’Keeffe said there could have been a “seven horse pile up” if McDonald had not taken the action he did.

“We didn’t have that and as a result we have James McDonald suspended for 14 meetings. It is not an example of careless riding,” O’Keeffe said.

Judge Lewis disagreed. He said McDonald continued to ride his mount along, which caused interference to Sanagas, ridden by Nick Hall.

He noted that stewards had been “extremely generous” in only finding McDonald’s carelessness fell in the mid range level.

“The Board doesn’t field Ethiopia doesn’t have anything to do with the carelessness,” Judge Lewis said.

“We find it difficult to understand what Ethiopia had to do with it ... the interference was in the high range and Mr McDonald was lucky to get away with 14 meetings.”


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