Suspension halts Dwayne Dunn’s charge for Melbourne jockeys’ premiership   Leave a comment

Suspension halts Dwayne Dunn’s charge for Melbourne jockeys’ premiership

But Dunn, who has never won the premiership, was then found guilty of careless riding on Unassailed and suspended for 11 meetings.

Dwayne Dunn steers Lazyaxl to victory at Moonee Valley on Wednesday. Picture: Wayne Ludbe

Dwayne Dunn steers Lazyaxl to victory at Moonee Valley on Wednesday. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: News Corp Australia

DWAYNE Dunn stormed to the lead in the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership with a treble at Moonee Valley on Wednesday but incurred a ­suspension likely to stop his bid to win the crown.

Dunn won on Unassailed, Blendwell and Lazyaxl to take his tally to 55 winners for the season.

His ban, to start after Saturday’s Flemington meeting. ends at midnight on July 29, which means he will miss the last three city meetings of the season.

Dunn, who pleaded guilty to the charge of careless riding, expected a smaller suspension.

“It was in the mid-range level and I’ve got a good ­record, so it’s taken me by ­surprise,” Dunn said.

The jockey said he was contemplating an appeal to the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on the length of the suspension.

In assessing the penalty, steward Rob Montgomery said the guilty plea, good record and the fact it was mid-range interference had been taken into account.

Dwayne Dunn celebrates as Lazyaxl kicks away. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

Dwayne Dunn celebrates as Lazyaxl kicks away. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: News Corp Australia

Dunn said he believed Craig Robertson, on Tom Puss, had exaggerated the interference.

“I suppose I better ride a treble at Flemington on Saturday and then keep my fingers crossed,” he said.

Dunn said it was great to be involved in the premiership battle to the end.

“In terms of numbers, it’s about the same as what I usually get but it’s great to be at the pointy end of the competition as there are 10 to 15 top jockeys here,” Dunn said.

Before Dunn rode a winner on Wednesday, rivals Damien Oliver and Craig Williams both added one to their tallies.

Williams trails Dunn by one and Oliver is three behind the leader.

But Oliver will pick up an extra win as he finished second on Atmosphere to Magicool at Flemington in October.

Magicool returned a positive swab to cobalt and will be disqualified.

Dwayne Dunn will ride at Flemington on Saturday before starting his ban. Picture: Wayne L

Dwayne Dunn will ride at Flemington on Saturday before starting his ban. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: News Corp Australia

The three jockeys have strong books at Flemington on Saturday. Dunn has eight rides, and Williams and Oliver both have seven.

Two of Dunn’s winners, Unassailed and Blendwell, were trained by Peter Moody and the jockey said the pair went back a long way.

“Obviously Luke Nolen is the stable jockey, but he’s having a break with a bad back at the moment so I’m getting some opportunities,” he said.

Dunn will ride three for Moody at Flemington, including favourites Il Cavallo in race four and Herstory in race five.

MELBOURNE JOCKEYS’ PREMIERSHIP 2014-2015

STANDINGS

Dwayne Dunn 55

Craig Williams 54

Damien Oliver 52

MEETINGS TO GO

4

PAST TITLES

Oliver 9

Williams 4

Dunn 0

TAB ODDS

$2.30 Williams

$2.70 Oliver

$3.50 Dunn

Originally published as Ban halts Dunn’s charge

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Posted July 16, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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