Talking and Tapping Lands Apprentice in Hot Water at Caulfield

Judging from the headlines, we initially thought that apprentice jockey Brandon Stockdale was using his mobile phone to text while riding.

It turns out that what he did do was make some calls and check an app that keeps his schedule of upcoming rides for him, but what does have him into trouble with the stewards at Caulfield is that he lied about the matter.

As members of the older set, old enough to remember when phones were attached to the wall and limited by the length of the attaching cord, we find it slightly difficult to relate to the addiction many people seem to have to their phones and the information those phones provide.

We were never jockeys, as by the time we were 12 or so, we were too heavy, but we did go to school, and we did manage to keep our class schedule straight without anything other than a slip of paper and that slip was eventually unnecessary.

Stockdale’s schedule is far more complex, but in the Caulfield incident, if he had merely fessed up to using his phone after signing in at the track, that probably would have been the end of it.

Stockdale said he spoke with his boss, Mornington trainer Logan McGill. Stockdale said that McGill had phone him (Stockdale), but McGill threw Stockdale to the wolves and told the stewards that Stockdale had phone him (McGill).

On the hot seat, in front of the stewards, accompanied by Victorian apprentices coach Darren Gauci, admitted that he had lied about the events.

Chief Steward Terry Bailey said that the decision was made to adjourn the matter until a later date, telling Stockdale, “It has escalated the whole matter. All we wanted was the truth.”

Stockdale seemingly made the innocent mistake of thinking he had left the phone in his car, but when he learned that he had it in with the rest of his gear, rather than turning the device in, he spent almost half an hour talking and tapping.

The matter is being forwarded to the Racing and Disciplinary Board.

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