23 Avril 2014
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Shocked Baster heads Guineas day suspensions

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An incredulous Stephen Baster will appeal a 12-meeting suspension arising from his winning ride on Ferlax in the Group I Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Baster was found guilty of careless riding for permitting his mount to shift in 150 metres after the start, causing interference to High Esteem which was taken in onto Albrecht, causing that runner to be checked.

But the guilty decision did not come without incident with Baster struggling to conceal his surprise in the stewards' room as chief steward Terry Bailey delivered the careless riding charge.

Baster, who settled Ferlax behind the leaders from barrier eight in the Guineas, was adamant he had done all he could to avoid causing interference and pleaded not guilty.

"What more could I do?" Baster asked stewards. "I think it's ridiculously clear it's not my fault. I couldn't come off (the inside horses) any more."

Chief steward Terry Bailey asserted that Baster failed to make enough effort to avoid contacting horses to his inside as Ajeeb, ridden by Glen Boss, followed Baster and Ferlix across the face of the field.

"But Boss is half a length in front of me. How is that following me across?" Baster asked, to which Bailey replied "We are here to ask the questions, not answer them."

Baster's licence was suspended for 12 race meetings, commencing at midnight March 3 and expiring at midnight on March 14.



(Source : www.racenet.com.au)

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