Sunday’s ride at Moree on Sunday epitomised what is a rollercoaster of ups and downs in the life of a jockey. Adams has this morning been handed down a six week ban after failing to ride $1.70 favourite and eventual runner-up Magic Ray out to the line.
This comes just a day after capturing Group 2 success aboard Happy Clapper in the Tramway stakes, with whom he will partner for what is looking to be a big spring preparation.
To the eye, this penalty looks very light. The hot pot Magic Ray stormed to the front some 100m from home as Jockey Adams then stopped riding his mount, obviously not anticipating $26 shot Lord Russel to skip up on his inside.
What made the incident look worse – especially for favourite punters – is that when headed, Adams quickly asked Magic Ray for another effort to which he responded quickly but could not real in already wound up Lord Russel.
Stewards considered the guilty plea, genuine remorse showed by the returning hoop and the fact that he will miss significant commitments in upcoming feature races when handing down their sentence.
The ban will commence on September 13 and finish on October 25. Stewards also concluded that there was no suspicious betting activity on the event.
This hasn’t been the only light punishment for a jockey in recent weeks. A completely dissimilar event occurred at Sandown last Wednesday when apprentice jockey Brandon Stockdale copped a measly $500 fine for punching his mount Maid to Measure in the stomach after she failed to produce much on the track.
Stockdale offered the excuse that he was frustrated his mount’s run after wasting down to ride at 52kg later in the program, telling stewards it would not happen again.
The 500kg beast would not have been injured by the 52kg apprentice’s best right hook, but any form of abuse to the animals which provide jockeys with their careers and hence livelihoods should be quashed with far more than a petty fine.