Stewards hit Fradd where it hurts most
Stewards yesterday limbered up for their traditional last-day assault on the wallets of jockeys when they hit Robbie Fradd with a $20,000 fine.
Fradd finished sixth on John Size-trained Darwin in the eighth event but failed to ride the horse out to the line to the stewards' satisfaction and later pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule 100(2), occasioning the fine.
At next Sunday's final meeting, jockeys incurring the wrath of the panel are usually fined, rather than suspended, and at the conversion rate of a $30,000 fine for what would normally constitute one racing day.
Jockey Wendyll Woods broke the ice in the final race on progressive three-year-old Agility after going more than three months since his last success. Woods had ridden 73 times since his last victory on Barfold Hero on March 7 and was seen to advantage on Sean Woods-trained Agility despite an awkward draw in gate 11.
Woods had the young horse ideally placed in midfield before bringing him with a powerful finish to overhaul Determination in the final stages.
By contrast, Shane Dye told stewards that well-supported In The Bank had raced 'flat' and had not been his usual flighty self even at the barriers before the race.
The 'griffin master' John Moore was a non-participant in the feature griffin race yesterday, the Juvenile Sprint Trophy, but he did take out the other junior event with freshly-blinkered Courageousheart (Anton Marcus) to reach 50 wins for the term.
Owned in the same interests as Strongheart, which retired just a fortnight ago, Courageousheart was having his third start in the 1,400-metre race yesterday.
'The blinkers today definitely made a difference, especially when you add the benefit of experience from his first two runs,' said Marcus. 'It was a nice win and he looks a horse who will get longer than 1,400 metres in the future.'