Jockey Shane Scriven will attempt to put his pending appeal hearing behind him in order to focus on Saturday’s $500,000 Doomben Cup.
Scriven is facing disciplinary action after he took another jockey’s whip during a race at Ipswich last month.
Before the jockey fronts up to the appeal hearing next Monday, he will attempt to ride Scenic Shot to victory in the Doomben Cup.
“I’ll win the Doomben Cup first on Saturday and worry about the appeal later,” Scriven said.
Scriven is positive about Scenic Shot’s winning chances.
“He ran a nice race when he ran third in the Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast last run and I couldn’t be happier with him,” Scriven said.
“His enthusiasm is better than ever and the Hollindale at the Gold Coast wasn’t the ideal race for him.
“It was a race which just fitted in well on his program for the Doomben Cup.
“In another 50 metres he would have won.”
The jockey doesn’t believe Scenic Shot is showing any signs of being a rising nine-year-old.
“He’s better than ever and still has that zest,” Scriven said.
“He’s an old warhorse and he still has the determination to win.
“Before he won the Doomben Cup two years ago he ran okay in the Hollindale Stakes beforehand but his Hollindale run this time was a lot better.”