Trainer Chris Munce will vigorously defend his apprentice Michael Murphy in his appeal against a three-week suspension for a handling offence.
The former champion jockey said he would appear for Murphy to fight the ban.
Murphy is the up-and-coming apprentice on Queensland’s provincial and country circuit having ridden 28 winners in his first season.
Stewards opened an inquiry into his ride on fourth placed Fast Focus in a race at Rockhampton on January 2.
The inquiry resumed on Friday and Murphy was found guilty of failing to put the horse in the best position to win or run a place.
Munce lodged an appeal on his behalf on Monday.
“I will fight this vigorously,” Munce said.
“He is a young kid having his first rides at Rockhampton.
“It is a tricky track to ride for senior jockeys let alone a teenager.
“We will be appealing the guilty finding and the severity of the charge.”
“I will probably appear for him although we might get a lawyer from Sydney.”