'New video evidence' sees Schofield appeal drag on

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 June, 2004, 12:00am

South African rider Glyn Schofield faces another gruelling session before he knows the outcome of his appeal against a six-month ban after the hearing was adjourned last night.

After more than six hours of evidence, including cross examination of the rider himself, the appeal panel elected to reconvene on Monday morning at 9am when a long session is again likely.

It is believed new video evidence was introduced to the matter and will now be studied by the stipendiary stewards' panel. Schofield was handed the six-month ban on May 25, at an inquiry adjourned from May 22 regarding his handling of the John Moore-trained, Win Hunter. The jockey was found guilty by the stipes panel of improper riding on Win Hunter, with chief steward Jamie Stier's press release on that occasion referring to Schofield as having given Douglas Whyte, riding the favourite, Wealthy, 'unimpeded and protected running' during the race by racing three-wide outside him and that 'as a result of his riding, the chance of success for Wealthy in the race was, in the opinion of the stewards, enhanced.'

Schofield has ridden under a stay of proceedings since, and his licensing remains in abeyance until the conclusion of his appeal.