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Three Jockeys Cop Total Ban Of 35 Meetings

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On a day when jockeys are going to leave absolutely nothing in the tank it’s inevitable that there were going to be suspensions arising from the Melbourne Cup program at Flemington.

In the end three top class riders have been given their marching orders and will miss the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Damien Oliver, Corey Brown and Chris Symons were all hit with careless riding suspensions forcing them out of some crucial rides.

Oliver for example was due to partner the rejuvenated sprinter Albert The Fat in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes.

He was also set to team up with arguably the most unlucky horse of the carnival Bauer in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Oliver’s charge actually stemmed from earlier on during Victoria Derby day, a total 12 meetings will be missed as a result.

It was said his horse Sabrage was allowed to shift wide in the running making contact with Scelto at around the 600m mark.

The flow on effect also hurt Eagle Command and the momentum of all three horses was halted.

Oliver’s claim was that Hugh Bowman on the eventual winner Sangster started the chain reaction when he moved on his outside.

Incredibly the stewards agreed with this, however he was still hit with a mid range charge coming into effect after Oaks Day until November 15.

Brown came off even worse than Oliver after his ride on the third placed Lucas Cranach in the Melbourne Cup.

Brown was hit with a 14 meeting suspension after shifting out on Lucas Cranach on the turn, a move which caused interference to both Tullamore and Hawk Island.

His charge was dealt with at a high range level keeping him out from after Oaks Day through until November 16.

Symons was the best of the three, he’ll only miss nine meetings after his ride on And Rock in the Lexus hybrid Plate.

He pleaded guilty to shifting in on Princess Layla which caused Shadow Mist to cop a bad check.

Symons will return in time for the Sandown Classic meeting on November 12.

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