James Doyle to Stand in for McDonald During Enquiry
The British jockey James Doyle will assume the riding duties that opened up when James McDonald stood himself down pending the Racing NSW investigation into the allegation that McDonald had a punt on a horse he was riding.
It should be pointed out that McDonald had backed his mount to win, which win it did, so it is somewhat hard to fathom that there be an issue with this. It would be another matter entirely had he taken a prohibitive favourite and held it back, but the powers that be do not share our perspective.
Doyle works for Goldolphin in England, but he has ridden in Australia before and will start taking McDonald’s rides in December.
A spokesperson for the blue army has indicated that McDonald with have the stable’s support during the investigation, which roughly translated would mean that should the investigation go against McDonald, even after he serves any steward-imposed ban, he will be looking for employment with a different stable.
The personal interview portion of the investigation has been completed and will now move on to an examination of financial communication and bookmaker records.
Goldolphin should experience no decline from Doyle. He is four years older than McDonald is and has 17 Group 1 winners from racing in four different countries.