Leading Jockey slams riding tactics in race in Adelaide
|Leading Jockey slams riding tactics in race in Adelaide - 16th Jan 2017|
Leading Jockey slams riding tactics in race in Adelaide|
Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy is one of a number of key racing people to criticise rider Josh Cartwright for his riding tactics in the final event at Morphettville in Adelaide on Saturday that nearly caused multiple falls.
The event was won by $4 favourite Murti.
McEvoy said of Cartwright's handling of Senior Council in the Driving Handicap: "That's as bad as I have seen for a while."
Some jockeys are claiming they would struggle to ride in future against the former Victorian apprentice.
McEvoy, one of the nation's leading riders, was referring to an incident in the closing stages of the final event.
Cartwright has been charged with reckless riding after he appeared to angle his mount out into two horses on his outside and deliberately make contact with them.
He pleaded guilty to the charge and was immediately stood down by stewards pending the announcement of his penalty.
So severe was the bump that Senior Council made contact first with Go The Journey, who then, through the force of the bump, cannoned into House Of Wax. It appeared that its jockey, Jason Holder, was nearly dislodged and only just regained his seat.
Chief steward Johan Petzer said he had charged Cartwright but had not passed sentence on the jockey. He said it was a policy in South Australia with such matters not to comment.
The winner of the race, Murti, was ridden by Swedish apprentice Anna Jordsjo, who is Cartwright's partner.
Murti started a $4 favourite in the Driving Handicap and led for home with a six-length lead while the interference was still happening.
In an earlier incident in the straight, Cartwright appeared to hamper horses on his inside and then came to the outside at a direct angle at Go The Journey and House Of Wax.
Senior Council's trainer, John Peacock, said he was "disgusted" with Cartwright's riding tactics.
"I am sick to the stomach. I was watching him in my binoculars and I thought he could win and then I took my eyes off him for a moment and he's caused all of this trouble.
"Before the race he came out and said 'Is this horse having a run?' and I said 'No, he's a winner in Sydney first up and I'm very happy with his progress'.
"What he did is absolutely wrong. The poor horse this morning has pulled up with a sore shoulder obviously where he's slammed into those horses on the outside," Peacock said on Sunday.
The trainer spoke to the horse's owner in Darwin who said he was also "extremely upset" at what had happened at Morphettville.
Peacock said he gave the phone number of the South Australian chief steward and they made contact on Sunday.
The runner-up in the race, Call Me Curtis, was also held up in a scrimmage and should have clearly won.
Article courtesy of Fairfax Digital and The Age