Troy Turner’s brief comeback after a 10 day suspension saw him provide the winning ride of the day on Fanicio (Race 6) and then cop a 30 day suspension on Hans Up in the last race(8) on July 27.
It was a horror race for Turner aboard the hitherto unbeaten favourite. A winner of five races, Hans Up got his head down as the barrier opened and then reared and bounded unbalancing the jockey. In a 1000m sprint losing significant ground at the start gives a runner little chance to recover.
Finishing sixth, less than two lengths from the winner was indeed a great performance by Hans Up.
But it was late in the race that Turner incurred the displeasure of the stipendiary stewards.
The stipes didn’t miss the talented rider after he pleaded guilty, under ARR 137(a), for causing interference to Dante’s Alert (Peter Knuckey) in the last 150m of the race.
Knuckey was dislodged from his mount but escaped injury.
Turner angled the talented favourite Hans Up inwards at the 150m mark but in shifting ground was not sufficiently clear of Knuckey’s mount causing that horse to clip heels and blunder.
Ironically it was similar dash on Fanicio, earlier, that saw Turner emerge victorious.
Racing worse than midfield on the slow seven track, Turner angled inwards at the 200m mark, found his space and gave the gelding his seventh win from 15 starts.
Trainer Simon Foster will keep his Fanicio racing around the 1600m journey with the Boulder and Coolgardie Cups possible targets.
“He is racing a little too keenly to step him up much further at this stage.’ The trainer said.
Turner’s win on Fanicio put him in equal third place on the metropolitan jockeys list.
It is not often a rider that does not have success at a meeting can be called a winner but Ben Paterson was on July 27.
The reason for this was simply because the leading metropolitan apprentice jockey’s main rival, Chris Parnham also failed to score, leaving Paterson 2.5 wins in front with only Wednesday’s fixture left of the 2012/13 season.
Parnham is going to have to ‘do a Tocknell’ on July 31 to change that position.
Some 30 years ago Max Roney was cruising to victory in the Bunbury Race Club’s apprentice rider award as his main rival, Ross Tocknell, had to ride five winners to wrest the premiership off Roney.
The impossible task became a reality when Tocknell did just that swamping the hapless Roney.
While Parnham doesn’t need Tocknell’s score he will need a treble, without Paterson scoring, to beat the leader-something unlikely to happen.
However, Parnham may salvage an overall win in the apprentices award as with provincial and country scores added he also holds a 2.5 point lead over Paterson, thanks to a winning double at Kalgoorlie on Sunday, July 28.
William Pike and Adam Durrant will be comfortable winners of the senior rider and trainers awards respectively.