Banned Woods fights ruling
Upset jockey Wendyll Woods has given notice of his intention to appeal against a three-day ban for careless riding.
It will be only the second appeal under the new regime of chief stipendiary steward John Schreck following an unsuccessful bid by Brett Doyle to get a three-day ban overturned, although the English rider did keep his $5,000 deposit.
Woods was stood down on Wednesday night for an incident at Sha Tin last Saturday, ironically involving Hossegor, ridden by Glen Boss for Lawrie Fownes, who retains Woods.
'If you have done something wrong and broken the rules, you know it.
'I would hold up my hands and not waste people's time. That's the way I am,' said Woods, still upset yesterday morning.
Fownes will also give evidence at the appeal and said yesterday: 'I was there for the hearing and have looked at the film again.
'Wendyll did not deserve to be suspended, it is as simple as that. We will fight this all the way.' No date has been fixed for the appeal and Woods can ride pending the hearing.
As some of the invited runners for the International Races went through their paces at Sha Tin for the first time yesterday, there was a final defection involving an American runner.
Lord Smith was withdrawn from the Group Two Hong Kong Mile, leaving a field of 12 for the $7 million event.
German challenger Tiger Hill, who failed to flatter in the Japan Cup, could make amends in Hong Kong, although he faces a battle.
Peter Danner, assistant trainer to Peter Schiergen, was on hand to watch Tiger Hill work out at Sha Tin yesterday.
Danner said: 'Tiger Hill is fine and he is eating well. He got very nervous at the start of the Japan Cup and went too quick from the stalls.
'It was not his form. He will be better suited by the class of this field and the 2,000 metres of the Cup.' Schreck will today invite the press to view the videotape of Douglas Whyte's controversial ride aboard Straight Way in Wednesday's fifth event .
Whyte was severely reprimanded but escaped without a charge and Schreck has arranged the viewing to clarify his stand on the case.
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