Rawiller dodges a stewards bullet


A fired up Nash Rawiller was left in fits of laughter after a vigorous defence saw him beat a careless riding charge at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Rawiller was less than impressed when stewards charged him for causing interference to rival runners in the Rosehill Gardens Event Centre Handicap (1100m) which he won on Fit And Ready.

Stewards alleged Rawiller allowed his mount to cross Hugh Bowman’s mount Darya Ye Noon which in turn was taken in onto Kentucky Belle, who was forced to check.

The incident happened as the field commenced the swing out of the back straight.

“Hughy’s mount is wanting to shift in onto the runners inside him and I’ve got no responsibility on how his horse is racing,” Rawiller said.

“I’ve got bearing on him for two strides [as I cross him] and I’m a length and three quarters in front of him.

“There was too many things going on inside me for me to cop the blame.”

Rawiller pleaded not guilty to the charge and after a long deliberation between stewards they informed a shocked Rawiller that they were not proceeding with the charge before the relieved jockey broke into laughter, surprised he’d beaten the charge.

“Do you want some help out of the chair,” Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy said.

If suspended the ban could have ruled Rawiller out of Saturday week’s Rosehill meeting where it is likely he’ll be aboard the likes of More Joyous, Theseo and Foxwedge.