Black Caviar’s jockey Luke Nolen found himself on the wrong side of stewards for his ride on Derby third placegetter Anacheeva at Randwick on Saturday, but nothing could dampen his TJ Smith win on the champion mare.
Nolen pleaded guilty to shifting out on Anacheeva near the 600 metres, causing King Gladiator to be checked.
“Black Caviar goes round in a month and I need to be back for that,” Nolen told stewards.
“I’m more than happy for a suspension as long as I’m back in a month.”
Presiding chief steward Greg Rudolph assured Nolen he was not going to be outed for a month on a careless riding charge and he will begin a six-meeting suspension after next week’s Doncaster day and come back to riding on April 28.
Glyn Schofield, who rode Hay List into second place behind Black Caviar in the TJ Smith, fought a careless riding charge for shifting in onto Crystal Lily early in the race.
Schofield maintained it was impossible for stewards to convict him because where the incident happened there is no running rail where the chute meets up with the course proper.
He said Crystal Lily had overreacted as the field moved across.
Stewards begged to differ but in the circumstances issued Schofield with a reprimand allowing him to continue riding throughout the Sydney carnival.