|Leading Melbourne jockey Stephen Baster took
riding honours at Cranbourne yesterday with a winning treble, but he day was soured when
he was suspended by Stewards.
Baster was charged and
found guilty of careless riding aboard Beach Symphony in the Community Services Class One
Stewards found that Baster "permitted his mount to
shift in approaching the winning post when not sufficiently clear of Cadash and Jughead
Jed, which resulted in those horses having to be checked."
Baster will be forced to sit and watch from the sidelines
for just over two weeks. His ban begins at midnight on Monday and will expire at midnight
on Tuesday March 26.
The inquiry in the Stewards room was the dampner on what
was a great day out for the hoop, as he booted home a winning treble.
After winning the third race aboard the Leon Corstens
trained Barassassin he took the next race as well with Beach Symphony (the race he was
outed) for Steve Richards.
He then completed the treble when he teamed up with the in
form Tony McEvoy when Shanicity won the Brown Sawdust Class 4 Handicap in a thrilling
three way finish.
Baster will be hoping to go out on a winning note over the
weekend when he prepares for a number of handy rides.
Tomorrow Baster will ride Flying Spice (Race 3), Fappiano's
Son (Race 5), and the last start winner Rubitano in the Newmarket Handicap (Race 6). He
also partners the Ross McDonald trained Tully Thunder in the AV Kewney Stakes (Race 8) and
Prosecution in the last for George Hanlon.
On Monday he will ride Figeac (Race 1), Sheraton (Race 2),
It's Who Deanie (Race 3), Encosterino (Race 4) and Ramano's Star (Race 8).
PIC - Quentin