Ganderton inquiry postponed
A stewards’ inquiry into Sydney apprentice Daniel Ganderton’s ride on Deer Valley at the Gold Coast on Saturday has been postponed.
Ganderton was due to front Queensland racing stewards at 10.00am (AEST) on Tuesday but was stranded in Sydney when his plane suffered engine problems.
The inquiry has now been rescheduled to 10.00am (AEST) on Thursday.
Stewards questioned the apprentice over his lack of vigour on Deer Valley between the 500 and 350 metres in a 1200m three-year-old race at the Gold Coast.
The Lonhro filly finished sixth, beaten only two lengths, to the Gillian Heinrich-trained Sweepstaking.
Ganderton was also questioned over his decision to look for inside runs rather than come out.
Sydney’s premier apprentice last season, Ganderton has had a torrid time recently with a broken leg keeping him on the sidelines for some months.
He also found himself on the wrong side of stewards over remarks posted on his Facebook site.
The Gold Coast meeting was his first under new master Paul Messara after his indentures were transferred from Gai Waterhouse.
Deer Valley is trained by Steele Ryan, who will also attend the inquiry, and gave Ganderton one of his biggest Sydney wins when she claimed the Group Three Silver Shadow Stakes at Randwick in August.
Deer Valley is one of the favoured runners for Saturday’s $1 million Magic Millions Trophy (1400m) at the Gold Coast.
By Glenn Davis