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15/04/02 Inquiry Clears Riders in Oakbank Fall
Stewards have ruled that a combination of misfortune led to a heavy fall that left popular local apprentice Cheree Buchiw fighting for her life in the Royal Adelaide Hosptial.

Buchiw, an apprentice with leading Morphettville trainer Leon Macdonald, has continued to make good progress since the heavy tumble. Doctors are pleased with her improvement since Oakbank. Apart from her severe head injuries Buchiw suffered no other body injuries.

Adelaide stewards, fronted by Chief Stipe Graham Loch, today concluded an adjourned inquiry into the incident.

After considering evidence from two riders, Mark Goring and Ben Claridge, stewards found that Dayna's Pride (Buchiw's mount) clipped the heels of Price of Love (Goring) and fell.

Stewards determined that Goring had lost the use of his off side iron after being tightened on jumping away.

"In consequence Price of Love shited in, tightening Dayna's Pride onto the hindquarters of Quick Game (Claridge), which had been inclined to roll out, causing Quick Game to be turned out, thereby contributing to the pressure applied to Danya's Pride," the official report stated.

"As a result, Dayna's Pride was forced to lise its position, rolled out, clipped the heels of Price of Love and fell heavily."

"Considering all the circumstances, Stewards concluded that Goring's misfortune in losing his iron had disadvantaged him in riding Price of Love, and that neither rider could be held totally responsible," the reported finalised.

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