Weighing Up The Penalty For Keane

By: Ryan Clark
January 24th, 2012

Patrick Keane is working through an anxious period at the moment as the Queensland rider awaits his fate following Saturday’s incident at Eagle Farm.

Keane became one of the few jockeys to ever weigh in light following a race resulting in his horse Gold Rating being disqualified despite crossing the line first.

He faces a hearing sometime this week with the case adjourned until his master Kelly Doughty can attend and front chief steward Wade Birch.

Just what penalty awaits him is up in the air but Birch’s words yesterday wouldn’t have filled him with confidence when he referred to the ‘serious nature of the offence and the penalty that would flow’.

There’s not a lot of recent history to go off either and those that are there differ greatly.

Wanderson D’Avila weighed in light in February last year and the international rider was given a one-month ban.

Down in Victoria both Michael Rodd and Craig Newitt weighed in light but only copped a $2000 fin each.

It was different again across in Perth where they slammed a jockey with a six week suspension.

It’s hard to determine what a fair punishment would be given few are arguing Keane had any idea he was underweight.

“I can’t give any reason other than I was wasting pretty hard, looked at my book, saw the 57.5kg, subtracted the 3kg claim and weighed out with 54.5kg,” Keane said.

“I have no explanation for it.

“All the gear I weighed out with was given to (trainer) Michael Nolan’s strapper.”

That being said over $100,000 was invested on the horse and there’s plenty of angry punters across the country.

The backers of Mr Light Blue might not agree, the favourite was promoted to first after the disqualification landing a big push and costing the bookies their worst result.

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