Ahh, jockey drama. It’s the kind of content that gets your arse out of bed on a Monday morning. We live for that shit, folks. We live for it.
A South Australian jockey has been stood down after being found guilty of reckless riding, stemming from a wild incident at Morphetville on Saturday.
The 22-year-old rider was involved in a bizarre and potentially dangerous incident during a race at the Saturday meeting, where he deliberately rode his horse into others in an attempt to block their push to the front of the pack.
In the last race of the day, Cartwright was on the $51 outside chance Senior Council – a horse that hadn’t started in more than a year. At around the 200 metre mark, Cartwright veered Senior Council sharply across the racetrack, making heavy contact with favoured horses Go The Journey and House of Wax.
The real kicker here is that the horse leading the race, the $4 favourite Murti, was being ridden Norwegian apprentice jockey Anna Jordsjo, who just-so happens to be Cartwright’s girlfriend.
Murti wound up winning the race by a length, with Go the Journey and House of Wax recovering from the contact to finish well back in fourth and seventh places respectively. Cartwright and Senior Council finished at the rear of the pack in ninth.
Immediately after the race concluded officials were up in arms, with one senior figure quoted as calling it a “disgrace.”
“That looked absolutely dreadful, one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. It’s like he had a total brain-snap. Thank god no one was injured.”
Stewards have opted to adjourn the inquiry in order to consider the appropriate punishment. Veteran jockey Damian Oliver was suspended for 20 meets after being charged with reckless riding in a similar incident last spring.
Folks, let this be a lesson to you. It’s all well and good to want to impress your girlfriend. But do not ride your horse into other horses.
Don’t do it. Don’t even think about it.
Source: The Advertiser.
Photo: Vince Caligiuri/Getty.