Ganderton promises to be on best behaviour
A contrite Daniel Ganderton has been given a suspended sentence in lieu of an immediate suspension and has told stewards he is determined to mend his ways.
The runaway leader of the Sydney apprentices’ premiership, Ganderton’s actions off the track have caused concern with chief steward Ray Murrihy unhappy with his attitude at an inquiry on Saturday into his tactics on the Les Bridge-trained Shagerz at Rosehill.
After Ganderton laughed at a question he was asked, the inquiry was adjourned until Wednesday to enable his boss Gai Waterhouse to be present.
No action was taken over his ride, but Ganderton was handed a one-month ban, suspended for 12 months, after being found guilty of improper or insulting behaviour.
“It is a bond for 12 months,” Murrihy told Ganderton.
“Today you might think you know everything but tomorrow you might look back and realise you don’t.”
Waterhouse said she did not condone what Ganderton had done but asked for leniency.
“I would take a more fatherly approach, you’ve done it this time and you can’t let it happen again,” she said.
“No one is condoning what he did, far from it, we’re condemning it.
“I can assure you it won’t happen again.”
Ganderton said he was working with sports psychologist Grant Brecht.
“Mrs Waterhouse is taking severe action, possibly even cancelling my papers if this happens again,” he said.
“Without doubt I probably overstepped the mark on Saturday.
“I spoke to you in a manner disrespectful to yourself and the board (panel).
“I’ve matured a lot in the last 12 months but Saturday showed I still have a fair way to go.”
Ganderton came to the Waterhouse stable from Tasmania and has already felt the trainer’s wrath when she gave him a two-week ban for being late to a race meeting.