Thornton careless riding charge dismissed on appeal

The Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Tuesday dismissed the careless riding charge against Stephanie Thornton from Caulfield on Saturday.

Heard By: Judge Bowman (Chair) 

Appearances: Rob Montgomery appeared on behalf of the Stewards. Matthew Hyland appeared on behalf of Ms Thornton. 

At Caulfield on 11 May 2019, rider Stephanie Thornton was found guilty to a charge of careless riding (under the provisions of AR 131(a)), on her mount Raspberry Rose in Race 5 the Darren Gauci Handicap (1100m). 

The particulars of the charge being, "that near the 800 metres she permitted her mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of Egyptian Bullet resulting in that mare being taken in off its course and tightening the running of Neurotic, resulting in Neurotic losing its rightful running. 

Stephanie Thornton had her permit to ride in races suspended for a total of nine meetings to commence midnight 15 May 2019 and to expire midnight 22 May 2019 (1 metro, 8 provincial). 

In assessing penalty Stewards were of the view that the incident qualified for the low-range category of carelessness and took into account her record. 

A Notice of Appeal against the decision and severity of the penalty imposed was lodged on Monday 13 May 2019. 

A stay of proceedings was not requested. 

DECISION: Appeal upheld, charge of careless riding dismissed.