Stewards throw the book at Schofield
Star jockey Chad Schofield has claimed he is being victimised after stewards banned him for one month on two careless riding offences out of the same race at Caulfield.
Schofield, whose spring rides include Group One winner Go Indy Go, says he will appeal the ban which rules him out until September 19.
Chief steward Terry Bailey gave the Cox Plate-winning rider a dressing down when handing out the suspension for shifting in on You’re So Good between the 900m and 900m of the Australian Defence Force Handicap.
Bailey said the young jockey’s actions showed no respect for his fellow riders.
Schofield was also banned for 14 meetings for careless riding near the winning post but that will be served at the same time as his first suspension.
Bailey was critical of Schofield’s evidence in which the former champion apprentice said he was “used” by fellow rider Daniel Moor who he said kicked up inside him on Bloomingdale Miss after being a slowly away.
“It’s high range and it went on too long,” Bailey told Schofield.
“We’re tired of it. Everyone is tired of it.
“And there was a similar lack of respect in your evidence in here.”
Schofield, who has had several careless riding suspensions in his short career, told stewards he felt victimised.
“And that’s the reason, you can’t see it,” Bailey said.
Schofield told Bailey he felt it was “unfair” to say he didn’t show respect to his fellow jockeys when crossing early in the race.
“I do have respect for them,” Schofield said.
Schofield admitted he should have allowed You’re So Good to stride further before coming across but told stewards he didn’t believe there was interference.
Schofield won four Group One races last season and has only just returned from two months out with a neck injury.