Stewards will analyse sectional times as part of an inquiry into a losing ride at Sandown on Saturday.
The Adam Chambers-trained Lady Solly led at a fast pace but was overrun late in the Clanbrooke Racing Handicap (1000m).
Apprentice Teo Nugent allowed Lady Solly to lead at a fast pace before Whipcracker Way reeled in the frontrunner in the last 50m. Lady Solly was beaten three-quarters of a length.
Stewards questioned Nugent’s tactics and the tempo he set on Lady Solly to the home turn.
Nugent said Chambers told him to let Lady Solly stride freely but keep her balanced and travelling within herself.
Chambers confirmed the instructions but told stewards he was unhappy with the speed Nugent set in the early and middle stages.
Chambers said Nugent went too fast in front on the mare.
Speedy mare Lady Solly was beaten three-quarters of a length when second at Sandown last Saturday. Photo: AAP Image/Vince Caligiuri.Source:AAP
Nugent conceded he should have tried to steady Lady Solly at some point in the middle stages.
Lady Solly also pulled up lame in the near foreleg.
Stewards will conclude their inquiry once they have looked at the times of the early and middle stages of the race.
Jockeys can be suspended for bad rides under the rule demanding jockeys must take all legal measures to get the best possible placings.
Chief steward Robert Cram told the Herald-Sun back in January the stipes need to look at all angles before deciding whether to charge a jockey.
“We have a look at whether it’s a misjudgment by the rider or a mistake been made compared to other decisions that weren’t in the interests of the horse in the race,” Cram said.
“The line has to be determined by the stewards after hearing the evidence to determine whether the rider was culpable, in other words, they were not a victim of circumstances on the day.”
Originally published asClock the key to Sandown inquiry
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