Hong Kong Star Suspended Decent Racing Action This Weekend
There is still a good deal of news coming out of the world of Australian thoroughbred racing, even if all the top horses and top races are done for 2017 and will not be back until sometime in February of 2018 in some cases, later in others.
We cannot resist a Riding High in April, Shot Down in May Story, however, so we are compelled to report that after his big win in Hong Kong, Brad Rawiller is being stood down for careless riding during a mid-week race at a bush track at Mornington.
Jockeys cannot afford to rest on their laurels. It is ride or starve, so Rawiller was on Careering Away, one of trainer John McArdle’s horses, in a set weight maiden when he got involved with some bumping with Captain Harry, ridden by John Allen, in the Eliza Dry Cleaners Plate.
We reckon the laundry had to pay a steep price to get their name on that one.
Rawiller will be suspended for nine meetings following a Stakes race in Perth on Saturday.
At least he will not miss anything of true significance and we cannot fail to mention the further irony of his being sidelined following an incident in the Group 1 Kingston Town the week past, where he and Black Heart Bart were the bumpees, not the bumpors, in an incident that resulted in a lengthy suspension for William Pike.
For those looking for some high quality racing action this weekend, Randwick is the place and the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600 m) is the race.
Race number seven on the Randwick card has a field of 14 for the moment, headed by Interlocutor and Tye Angland at $3.50. Mister Sea Wolf is next at $5.50 and will have Kerrin McEvoy steering. The rest of the field is bunched rather tightly, nothing above $26, with the exception of Destiny’s Kiss at $67.
All in all, not bad, considering the time of year. Caulfield and Doomben are also holding meetings, along with Ascot and Morphettville, so those who seek racing will find racing.