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Newitt appeals suspension


Craig Newitt will appeal the severity of a suspension which will cost him the ride on Pompeii Ruler in Singapore in two weeks.

Craig Newitt
Queensland stewards handed down a 10-meeting penalty after Newitt pleaded guilty to careless riding on Rightfully Yours in Saturday’s Prime Minister’s Cup at the Gold Coast.
Rightfully Yours lost the race to Mr Hornblower after a protest by Glenn Colless and Newitt was also fined $2,000.
Newitt rode at Sandown on Sunday and said he would lodge the appeal on Monday.
"I will be applying for a stay of proceedings," said Newitt who was hoping it would be heard this week.
As the suspension stands, Newitt will not return until May 22 and will miss the ride on last-start Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Pompeii Ruler in the Singapore Airlines International Cup (2000m) at Kranji on May 17.
The Mick Price-trained gelding and Sarrera from the Mike Moroney stable will represent Australia in the Cup.
Sarrera, who won the 2008 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, ran second in the race this year in a dead heat with Metal Bender.
The two Cup hopes will be joined in Singapore by cult hero Takeover Target who will defend his KrisFlyer Sprint title.
Takeover Target added the Goodwood in Adelaide on Saturday to his victory in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick two weeks earlier to take his Group One tally to eight and his earnings past $6 million.
After he races in Singapore, Takeover Target will make his fourth trip to the Royal Ascot meeting with Joe Janiak also considering an option to race in the United States late in the year.
Janiak also said it was premature to think Takeover Target’s Goodwood triumph would be the last time the nine-year-old would race in Australia.