Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Costly Suspensions For Blake Shinn and Jason Collett

By: Chris Scholtz 

Winning rides by leading jockeys Blake Shinn and Jason Collett proved costly at Kembla Grange on Tuesday with both incurring suspensions that will rule them out of upcoming Group races.

Shinn was suspended for 10 days and Collett for 11 days after inquiries into incidents in different races.

Their suspensions start next Sunday (February 10) and will cost them black type rides at the Apollo Stakes meeting at Randwick on February 16.

Blake Shinn Picture: Racing and Sports

Shinn can resume riding on February 20 while Collett returns on February 21.

Shinn won the third event aboard the Kim Waugh-trained favourite Holy Reign but paid a price as he was later found guilty of causing interference to another runner about 200m after the start of the 1300m maiden race.

Shinn pleaded guilty to allowing Holy Reign to shift inwards when insufficiently clear of Lord Tony causing that gelding to be checked and lose its rightful running.

Collett was first home in the final race of the day aboard Pamela, trained by his partner Clare Cunningham, but was stripped of the win after a successful protest from Glyn Schofield, rider of the runner-up Ikara Miss.

Schofield alleged Collett cost him a win when he allowed Pamela to shift out under pressure 50m from the finish when the pair were duelling for the lead.

Jason Collett Picture: Racing and Sports

The stewards upheld Schofield’s protest, finding that Pamela caused Ikara Miss to be severely checked and lose its rightful running 50m from the finish.

They were satisfied that Ikara Miss would have beaten Pamela had the interference not occurred.At a subsequent inquiry Collett was found guilty of permitting Pamela to shift out whilst riding her along when insufficiently clear of Ikara Miss, resulting in his 11-day suspension.

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