Last Monday, we were the first ones to break the story that WA apprentice Chris Graham was facing a holiday on the sidelines for not trying too hard on his mount PUSHIN’ SHAPES.
Last night those stewards met with the lad.
They questioned him at length, he said his saddle slipped so he couldn’t ride the horse out properly.
None of that was believed by the WA stewards.
After deliberations, they charged Graham with two counts of breaching the rules of racing, and they were the two rules we suggested last Monday.
- Not taking all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure he gave the horse every opportunity to win or obtain the best possible place in the field.
- And failing to ride with sufficient vigour and purpose.
Graham pleaded not guilty to both charges.
The apprentice repeated his view to the stipes, that his saddle had slipped, which made it unsafe to ride Pushin’ Shapes with correct vigour.
The stipes have stood him down from riding today at Belmont and will soon hand down their sentence.
Graham let his mount drop to the tail of the field and just didn’t ride him hard until the last 50m.