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.