Shocked Prebble takes ban on the chin
A contrite Brett Prebble said yesterday he would not appeal an eight-meeting ban for elbowing Japanese rider Hiroyuki Uchida in a stunning post-script to the International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley on Wednesday night and was as surprised as anyone that it had happened.
'To be honest, I don't remember it happening at all,' he said. 'It was one of those things, just a reflex action at the time and I wasn't aware of anything until the stewards called me into the room and showed me the video.'
As Uchida and Prebble (pictured) fought over third placing, Uchida's mount was rolling out and hampering Prebble's efforts to get his whip into action and his right elbow came up and out, contacting Uchida's body.
Prebble was the one to throw in an objection, believing Uchida had cost his mount third place, but the protest was tossed out and the argy-bargy between the two took over as the stewards' focus.
Stewards found him guilty, banned him from riding races until January 13 and seriously damaged Prebble's chances of giving Douglas Whyte a run for his money again in the championship. 'They say, if you do the crime, you should do the time and I won't appeal, but it was a shock to me when I saw it,' Prebble said. 'You have to look for positives in things, so I suppose at least I'll get to take the family back to Australia for Christmas.'