Melbourne Cup winning jockey Blake Shinn will have to win his appeal against a careless riding suspension if he is to ride English in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14.
Shinn had been booked to ride the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained English who will be running for The Everest slot holder TAB.
Shinn found himself in the stewards room defending a careless riding charge after the running of the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill last Saturday.
Racing New South Wales stewards found Shinn guilty of causing interference near the 1000m when his mount Pariah moved in when not clear of Chauffeur which in turn moved in onto Shogun Sun who had to be checked and also made contact with the running rail.
If Shinn’s appeal is dismissed, his suspension will commence on Monday October 2 and will see him back in the saddle on October 20, which will see him free to ride at Saturday’s Epsom-Metropolitan meeting at Randwick.
English has had one run in preparation for The Everest for a fourth to Redzel in the Group 2 $200,000 Bowermans Office Furniture Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on September 16 and is marked as a $13 chance at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The Team Hawkes trained Randwick 1200m specialist Chautauqua heads The Everest market order at $5 just ahead of the Lindsay Park trained Vega Magic at $5.50 and The Shorts winner Redzel.
Chautauqua is the winner of the last three runnings of the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes which in run over the same course and distance as The Everest.
English was run down in the closing stages by Chautauqua in the latest T J Smith Stakes during the 2017 Sydney Autumn Carnival and Waterhouse can see that form line giving her a great chance to win The Everest.
“I think the form out of the TJ Smith Stakes is the right form for The Everest,’’ Waterhouse told The Daily Telegraph.
“It is not surprising to me that the three placegetters (Chautauqua, English, Fell Swoop) from that race are in The Everest now.’’