Brenton Avdulla was stripped of a win on protest and copped a ban in the process while Hugh Bowman’s ride came under the microscope after an eventful race six at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Avdulla booted home the Joseph Pride-trained Accelerato but he was immediately brought before Racing NSW stewards for alleged interference over the concluding stages.
Rival hoop Kathy O’Hara fired in a protest after Accelerato shifted out over the final 25m, making contact with fourth placegetter Star Of Harada which then interfered with the momentum of Exceltic.
Gary Portelli’s galloper Exceltic was making his run down the outside when the interference occurred.
“Stewards could be comfortably satisfied that had such incident not occurred Exceltic would have finished in advance of Accelerato and, therefore, the protest was upheld,” the stewards report read.
The shift cost Avdulla a short holiday over the festive season that will see him miss the Listed Christmas Classic meeting on New Year’s Day as well as one Saturday raceday.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) and will begin a week ban on Sunday, which will run to Sunday, January 3.
Hugh Bowman was questioned by stewards. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
After the protest had wrapped up, stewards put Bowman’s decision-making aboard Godolphin galloper Deference in their crosshairs.
The James Cummings-trained gelding, which was a $3.40 favourite, surged home for third when Bowman got clear air at the 150m mark after he struggled to find clear running in the straight.
Stewards questioned Bowman’s tactics, particularly at the 600m when he shifted back to the fence and to follow the running of second favourite Super Effort.
Bowman’s previous experience riding Super Effort was instrumental in his decision making, he explained.
“Bowman stated that after riding Super Effort in a barrier trial leading into today’s race he was confident of that horse‘s chances and believed it would provide him a trail into the event,” the report reads.
“He added that at the 600m when he believed Super Effort was travelling well, he formed the view that Super Effort would be able to shift Sedition wider, which would provide him with a favourable trail into the race rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight.”
Bowman shifted to the outside when Super Effort failed to find clear running and Deference stormed home when clear.
Stewards felt Bowman made the wrong call moving to the fence but did not believe his actions were unreasonable given his knowledge of Super Effort’s racing style.
Originally published asAvdulla suspended, Bowman questioned at Farm
Source: Read Full Article