Michael Rodd will miss a crucial ride on Thousand Guineas favourite Atlantic Jewel after being suspended for eight meetings at Caulfield.
Rodd pleaded not guilty to careless riding on Atlantic Jewel’s stablemate Celebrity Girl who shifted out abruptly near the 100 metres in Saturday’s Thousand Guineas Prelude (1600m) at Caulfield.
Celebrity Girl crossed the line in a dead heat for first with Bliss Street but was relegated to fourth when Danny Nikolic lodged a successful protest on fourth-placed Mosheen.
Atlantic Jewel will run a fillies’ handicap over 1400 metres next Saturday.
Rodd will also miss out riding in the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on the same day.
He said he was undecided about appealing the suspension which starts on Sunday night and expires at midnight on September 26.
West Australian jockey Steven Parnham was suspended for 11 meetings for careless riding on Playing God, trained by his father Neville, in the Underwood Stakes.
Parnham’s suspension starts on Sunday night and expires at midnight on September 29.