|Young South Australian
rider Matthew Neilson became the third apprentice suspended in as many days in the state
after an inquiry into a recent Balaklava incident was completed this afternoon.
Neilson was charged with careless riding after his ride on Thunder
Creek in the fourth race at Balaklava on February 13.
He was originally charged at Balaklava but Stewards agreed
to hold an adjourned inquiry at a later date enabling Neilson's master Barry Dunn to
attend and make a submission.
Following this afternoon's submissions he was outed for a
period of two meetings. His sentence will begin at midnight on March 3 and expire at
midnight on March 11.
Yesterday rookie rider Ben Grimston, who started his riding
career at Lindsay Park in Angaston, was suspended at the Port Lincoln race meeting.
Grimston, who only had his first TAB ride at the same track
just over a fortnight earlier, was outed for his ride aboard Simms Cove in the Yalumba
Class One Handicap.
Stewards found that Grimston had permitted his mount to
shift in when insufficiently clear of Pearl's Image, forcing that horse and Saltara to be
Grimston's period on the sidelines began at midnight
yesterday and will conclude at midnight March 9.
And on Saturday Adelaide based apprentice Chris Symons was
charged with "dishonesty" and banned for six weeks after a weight offence at the
Kangaroo Island Cup meeting at Kingscote.
Symons rode five of the six winners on the program
including the Cup aboard the Adelaide stayer Damon.