In-form Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller has appealed against a 10-meeting ban following his winning ride on German import Mawingo in Saturday’s Group 1 Doomben Cup.
Racing Queensland stewards dismissed a protest from Manighar trainer Peter Moody who alleged that Rawiller caused interference to his star stayer as they were coming out of the straight.
Given the interference came 1700 metres from the final post and Manighar finished two lengths behind Mawingo, chief steward Wade Birch said they could not be satisfied that had the incident not occurred Manighar would have won the race.
But the stewards were in agreement after the race that Rawiller’s ride caused a definite interference to Manighar and handed him a 10-meeting careless riding charge.
On Saturday Rawiller described the protest as the “most outlandish and frivolous” he had ever seen and believes he has no case to answer.
Birch said he was disappointed with the riding overall that took place on Saturday which saw five experienced riders suspended for causing interference.
He is now considering implementing fines as well as suspensions for careless riding incidents and has implored jockeys to be careful ahead of the rest of the Brisbane carnival.
The ban on Rawiller has seen fellow star Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman assume the ride on Queensland sprinter Buffering for Saturday’s Group 1 $650,000 Doomben 10,000.
Buffering has been cleared to run in the feature event after overcoming a stone bruise injury that saw him ruled out of the Group 1 BTC Cup.
The Robert Heathcote-trained star underwent a solid workout yesterday with stable mate Woorim and pulled up without concern.
Heathcote said he was confident Buffering would head into the race in good condition and is hoping it rains as predicted as the son of Mossman looks to score his first Group 1 victory.
“He loves the wet,” he said.