Stewards suspend new kid on the block

Stewards suspend new kid on the blockChampion New Zealand apprentice, James McDonald was in the limelight all day at Randwick on Saturday, posting a double before stewards rubbed him out for five meetings on a careless riding charge.

The first of McDonald’s wins was aboard the John O’Shea-trained Kiss’n’Chase but the hoop was found guilty of not being sufficiently clear of Glyn Schofield on First Look.

The Kiwi is free to ride in next Sunday’s Singapore Derby and will return to the races on July 28.

Meanwhile Randwick trainer Anthony Cummings was fined $100 after his three-year-old filly, Gybe, raced without winkers despite the trainer not advising stewards of the change.

Cummings said the filly wouldn’t head out to the enclosure with them on and when arriving at the barriers the decision was made not to race in them.

Chief steward Ray Murrihy was shocked with Cummings’ actions and indicated he should have known better.

“Someone who has been around as long as you have should know a lot better than that,” Murrihy said.