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Leading jockey Glyn Schofield has been banned from riding for five weeks after his mount was beaten in a photo finish at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Schofield was hit with hefty suspension after Springbok Flyer was beaten by a short head by Evason in the McGrath Handicap.

Springbok Flyer started second favourite and made the running until the final strides before Evason flew down the outside.

It was in those final moments of the race that sparked a stewards’ inquiry that led to Schofield being charged with failing to ride his mount out to the winning post.

“Your riding style shows no intent to continue riding your horse out to the finish,” steward Marc Van Gestel said.

“We’re not saying it cost you a win but we were satisfied it prejudiced your chances of winning.”

“The rule is there for the protection of the punter and for the perception of the industry.”

Schofield pleaded not guilty, claiming he used his right arm to push Springbok Flyer out to the line.

“I was still pushing with my pushing (right) arm and you can see it fully extended,” Schofield said.

“I feel without doubt that I have fulfilled my obligation to win the race.”

Schofield had been been found guilty of two similar offences during the past 15 months but escaped with a fine both times.

His ban will start after he rides at Randwick on Saturday and he will be out of the saddle until February 28.

Schofield said he would most likely appeal the ban which will rule him out of riding Boban in the Group One star’s return to racing in the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield next month.

 
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