Jockey Daniel Ganderton’s latest brush with racing officialdom will continue with confirmation he will appeal a two-month suspension.
As expected, Ganderton has lodged an appeal against the long ban for his ride on a recent Sydney midweek runner.
Suspended over his handling of the two-year-old Bennetta at Canterbury, Ganderton can continue to ride until his appeal is heard.
During an often heated exchange with stewards during an inquiry last week, Ganderton pleaded not guilty to a charge that he did not take every reasonable and permissible measure to ensure Bennetta finished in the best possible position in the July 11 race.
Stewards, however, sustained the charge and suspended Ganderton from July 29 until September 29.
Bennetta, a General Nediym filly trained at Randwick by Grahame Begg, was making her racetrack debut when she finished fifth to Seaside over 1250m at Canterbury.
She raced back in the field from a wide draw before making late ground to be 5-1/2 lengths from the winner.
Stewards were critical of Ganderton’s reluctance to shift off the rails approaching the home turn and they were also concerned about his lack of vigour late in the race.
A date for Ganderton’s appeal had not been set, a Racing NSW spokesman said on Monday.
Bennetta is an acceptor for the Traffic Logistics Handicap (1300m) as NSW south coast racetrack Kembla Grange hosts an Australian Turf Club meeting on Tuesday.
Brenton Avdulla will replace Ganderton on the filly who has drawn a middle gate.
Ganderton has been booked for one ride at the meeting – Oh Lonesome Me – in the last of seven races.
He has failed to land a mount for another ATC midweek fixture at Hawkesbury on Wednesday.