|Young South Australian
apprentice jockey Chris Bryant certainly experienced the ups and downs of racing on
Saturday at the non-TAB meeting at Kingscote on Kangaroo Island.
The youngster was in sparkling form in the saddle as he guided home
five of the six winners, including the win of Damon in the feature race the Kangaroo
But he was soon brought back to earth when Stewards outed
the hoop for six weeks after being charged with "dishonesty."
Bryant' day in the saddle was close to perfect. He won the
first five races until Adelaide rider Jarrod Marks denied him the card when he finished
second in the last of six events.
The first race success on Chickasa was quickly followed by
wins aboard Skagnetti, I'm a Pest and Brave Encounter. The next race was the feature
event, the Kangaroo Island Cup and Bryant also rode that event's winner, Damon.
It was his winning ride aboard Skagnetti that was the
undoing of the apprentice rider.
After the win Bryant weighed in some three kilograms in
excess of the weight at which he weighed out.
Evidence was taken from Bryant as well as the local Clerk
of the Scales before the rider was charged "with a dishonest action under ARR 175(a)
in that he attempted to manipulate the scales when weighing in, in order to record the
weight of 52 kilograms, at which he had weighed out."
Bryant pleaded guilty to the charge was was suspended from
riding in races for a period to commence at midnight on Thursday and to expire at midnight
on Wednesday, April 10 - a six week period.
The perfect result of riding the card was ruined when his
mount in the sixth event My Billie Jean went down to Shortaz by four lengths.
The feature event of the two day carnival went to the
Morphettville trained gelding Damon. A former city winner now in the care of Peter Blanch,
Damon beat the Mick Whittle trained Accelerating by a neck in the $11,750 KI Cup over 1865
metres. Mister Mandaree was a neck away in third place.
Damon's win came after his one and a quarter length third
to the grey Griswald in the Open Handicap on the first day of the carnival, the preceding