Careless Legrix in hot water again
Eric Legrix was suspended for five meetings yesterday after being found guilty of careless riding on Cheval D'Or in the eighth race. It was the French jockey's third ban for the offence this season, and he has also been reprimanded for careless riding on two occasions.
Legrix was found to have shifted in when not clear on the Alex Wong Yu-on-trained gelding approaching the 800-metre mark, causing a chain reaction of interference. His suspension, which will begin after Wednesday's meeting at Sha Tin, rules him out until the night meeting at Happy Valley on February 28.
Cheval D'Or was drawn 14 and Legrix was found to have caused interference to several runners as he moved from the outside to position his mount behind leader Forever Gold at about the halfway mark. The stewards found that Legrix's actions caused Me Guinness and Hole In One to be 'unnecessarily crowded for room, and Sing Sing Sing was checked and shifted out. Classic Choice was hampered in consequence.'
The race was won by Get It Easy, who prevailed by a short head from the John Egan-ridden Winning Years, with Express Lot a neck behind in third place. Wendyll Woods had it far from easy on the Lawrie Fownes-trained winner, whose saddle began to slip at the top of the straight. 'I could feel the saddle going and so I didn't want to hit him with the whip, I just wanted to make sure I stayed on board,' said Woods. 'But then the other horses came at me, and I just had to give him a crack to make sure I won.'
Fownes was delighted Get It Easy had got off the mark at the ninth attempt, and added that he thought the four-year-old was value for more than the short-head margin. 'He was a very sick horse last year when he had pneumonia and nearly died. He has improved this season and his last run over 1,400 metres was good. We stepped him up to a mile today and the distance and the ground suited him. The big worry before the race was that he was drawn 12. If he'd had a better draw, and if the saddle hadn't slipped, I think he'd have won quite comfortably.'