Murphy's comeback interrupted
Former star apprentice Sebastian Murphy’s comeback to the saddle has been interrupted again due to suspension.
Murphy was found guilty of careless riding at Moonee Valley on Sunday for allowing Jerrymac to shift in abruptly just after the start of the Cathay Pacific Hcp (1200m), hampering Romanoff Limits and Aflashycat.
Stewards took into account Murphy’s guilty plea and his efforts to immediately correct his course on Jerrymac, which was his first ride in the metropolitan area since he resumed riding on Caulfield Cup Day after recovering from fatigue and a debilitating back injury.
But stewards also had to consider that it was Murphy’s third suspension since he returned on October 17.
The interference was assessed as being in the medium range and he was outed from midnight on Monday and can return on Boxing Day.
Meanwhile, jockeys Brent Stanley and Linda Meech were suspended for nine and eight meetings respectively on careless riding charges at Sunday’s Ballarat meeting.
Stanley begins his suspension at midnight on Tuesday and can return to race riding on December 24, while Meech begins her suspension at midnight on Monday and can return on December 22.