Munro banned for careless ride on Perpetual Harmony
Club jockey Alan Munro's topsy-turvy season was dealt another stinging blow yesterday when the stipendiary stewards found him guilty of careless riding and suspended him for three meetings.
The English and Irish Derby-winning ace was deemed to have allowed Perpetual Harmony to shift in on Fortune Dancer which resulted in Northern Flyer and Malayan Pearl being crowded in the final event at Sha Tin last Saturday. He will return to riding on Saturday, June 17.
Munro's campaign has been punctuated by some memorable moments. He partnered Industrialist to victories in the Queen Elizabeth II and Gold Cups for trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee. He then dropped a bombshell after the QEII success when revealing he would take a lengthy sabbatical from the saddle at the end of the current season.
But there have been plenty of low moments as well. He was sidelined for three months for his ride on the Geoff Lane-trained Silent Partner in November when found guilty of not taking all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible position.
Stephen Baster fell foul of the stipendiary stewards again last night when he was suspended for careless riding. The Australian jockey, who was banned until July 8 for his ride on Outstanding Lad at Sha Tin last Saturday, copped another three days after pleading guilty for causing interference on Spectacular Win in the first race at Happy Valley.
Baster, 23, has appealed against his suspension for not taking all reasonable and permissible measures on the 5-1 favourite Outstanding Lad.