Thompson’s tumble costs Bayliss dearly

Ben Thompson is dislodged from the saddle of Leia at Sandown on Wednesday.

Daryl TimmsHerald Sun

APPRENTICE Regan Bayliss received a 21-meeting suspension at Sandown yesterday after stewards found him guilty of a careless riding charge which led to fellow apprentice Ben Thompson being spectacularly dislodged from his horse.

Thompson rolled over on the rain affected track but soon got to his feet after his mount Leia, trained by Darren Weir, clipped the heels of another runner. Despite the fall in the fourth race, Thompson was able ride his other two mounts later in the meeting.

Bayliss, who recently moved his apprenticeship to David Hayes and Tom Dabernig following the suspension of his master Peter Moody, pleaded guilty to the charge for his ride on Angelic Lass.

Ben Thompson crashes to the turf at Sandown on Wednesday.

Ben Thompson crashes to the turf at Sandown on Wednesday.Source:Supplied

He was at first represented by senior jockey Craig Newitt and then Dwayne Dunn.

Steward Robert Cram, who chaired Wednesday’s meeting, told Bayliss that the penalty starts at 30 meetings for a jockey who is responsible for another jockey falling. But he told Bayliss his 21-meeting suspension, which starts on Sunday and expires on March 27, was based on his guilty plea, and the fact that Chris Symons’ mount Kalidaz had shifted out which was a contributing factor to Angelic Lass shifting near the 100m mark.

Stewards told Bayliss that approaching the 100m mark he permitted Angelic Lass to shift out when not sufficiently clear of Kalidaz which resulted in that horse being taken out which caused Leia to be tightened for room and when being checked by Thompson, it clicked the heels of Nick Hall’s mount Loveitt which won the race.

Bayliss told stewards that his mount t hang in “badly” and he changed his whip to his left and switched it back over in an attempt to straighten the horse.

Asked how much ground he shifted, Bayliss said: “I definitely shifted four or five horses. I was still riding him along but switched to the left to straighten him up.”

Ben Thompson walked away from the fall without any injuries.

Ben Thompson walked away from the fall without any injuries.Source:Supplied


Skippy honour

MELBOURNE Racing Club on Wednesday honoured Jim “Skippy” Meek, who died last month, by naming the opening race at Sandown after him. Meek, who was 88, clocked gallopers at Caulfield trackwork for more than 40 years. Darren Weir’s Montana, ridden by Mark Zahra, won.

Statton success

DAVID Brideoake continued his great run when Peter Moody hand-me-down Statton ($9) won at Sandown. Statton, part-owned by Moody’s wife Sarah, was having his first start for Brideoake.

First city salute

APPRENTICE Ben Allen rode his first city winner on Wednesday on the Weir-trained Lyuba. But it came at a cost, with Allen fined $400 for using the whip twice more than allowed before the 100m. Allen, 16, who has had more than 500 rides in his first year, fought off fellow apprentice Ben Thompson on Deja Blue to score by a head.

Lane cleared

STEWARDS have cleared Damian Lane’s ride on Unrealistic in a Ballarat maiden on March 22. Trainer John O’Shea complained about Lane’s ride after the colt ran third, beaten four lengths, as $3.20 favourite. Stewards said there was nothing untoward, agreeing with the jockey that the ride was a tactical error.

Drought over

CRANBOURNE horse breaker Grant Dalziel broke a long Sandown drought when Manihi Mischief won Wednesday’s 1000m sprint. Ridden by Brian Higgins, the gelding, owned by long-time client Ted Huglin, scored by a neck from Good Offa.

Weir treble

TINTAGLIA made it a treble for Weir when she won the last by six lengths. Ridden by Brad Rawiller, Tintaglia could be aimed for better staying races in winter after her 2400m win.

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