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Glyn Schofield’s efforts late on Springbok Flyer at Warwick Farm on Wednesday caused a social media storm and caught the attention of stewards to the tune of a five-week suspension.
There is little doubt that Schofield wasn’t at his best in the final couple of strides as Springbok Flyer was gunned down by Evason. But the horse hasn’t won in Australia and his five seconds in 12 runs have all been by less than a length. Springbok Flyer might not need much encouragement to switch himself off.
In the inquiry, it was established from the evidence of apprentice Koby Jennings that Evason had Springbok Flyer covered before Schofield appeared to switch off.
However, the half-head margin leaves room for what-ifs and stewards had to take action. Still, Schofield will appeal the suspension on Friday and is a reasonable chance to get a reduction in what will be a busy week of appeals, with Thomas Huet battling an improper riding four-week suspension on Monday.
Meanwhile, Paul Murray’s cobalt case will reach the inquiry stage on Thursday. The focus is elevated cobalt levels in store samples, including one from Alma’s Fury when he won the 2014 Apollo Stakes.
Warwick Farm’s best meeting moved
The moving of the Chipping Norton Stakes meeting is not sitting well with trainers, not just at Warwick Farm but from around the metropolitan area.
“Why have Warwick Farm when you’ve just taken the guts out of there and its best meeting? It’s disgraceful,” Gai Waterhouse said “We have to go out there when it’s 40 degrees on a Wednesday and then when there is a big meeting, it’s taken away.”
Joe Pride said there was disappointment around the Farm on Friday morning after the decision was made.
“They have a reason to take it away this time but it is our only Saturday meeting and it’s gone for another year,” Pride said. “People are walking around here wondering when it will be move to Randwick full-time. It is a great meeting for the community out here and we always set our horses for it because it is an opportunity to race for big prizemoney on our track.”
The move away from Canterbury and Warwick Farm Saturday meetings over the years is mainly due to turnover reasons. But there is a place for variety in racing and surely the Warwick Stakes and Chipping Norton Stakes could be promoted as a way of tapping into a different market.
Waterhouse backs weight rise
Bookmaker Rob Waterhouse is a fan of Racing NSW’s move to widen the handicap scale by using 61kg and above as the top weight in benchmark races.
“It has to be remembered handicaps are meant to give every horse an equal chance, not be a benefit to those at the top of the betting board,” Waterhouse said. “An additional feature of the new policy is that where some bottom weights used to be ‘out of the handicap’, now with the extra 2kg leeway, they race on or closer their ‘rating’ weight. The previous policy was a fraud against them.”
He believes the new system has increased betting turnover but he still finds the horses with more than 60kg winning more than “their fair share of races”.
Waterhouse would like to see the scale increased by dropping the minimum weight from 54kg to perhaps 52kg, which has some support from trainers, but not jockeys.
Video cruels protest
Apprentice Jamie Innes jnr needs to learn to read the signs from chief steward Ray Murrihy better. The young jockey fired in a protest in the final event at Randwick on Saturday after being out bobbed on Mr Steal by White Dove without looking at the video.
After watching the film with everyone in the room, Murrihy asked Innes if he wanted to continue. From that point, the objection was no chance at all of getting up. After dismissing the protest, Murrihy told Innes it bordered on frivolous and to always consider looking at the film. The result was a happy one for White Dove’s strapper Laura Strich, who had her shoe ruined when it was stepped on by the stayer, who proved a bit of a handful before the race.
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