Ill Robinson Will Not Attend More Joyous Inquiry
Former larrikin jockey Allan Robinson is medically unfit to attend a stewards' inquiry into a dispute between John Singleton and trainer Gai Waterhouse according to a lawyer acting for the former rider.
High-profile lawyer Chris Murphy said via Twitter on Thursday that Robinson would be a no-show at Monday's hearing.
He says Robinson's health is still suffering after a race fall at Cessnock in July 2010 in which he broke his back and suffered bleeding to his brain.
The fall ended his riding career. He is now an elected member of the Newcastle City Council, having won a seat on the council last year.
"Alan (sic) will not be going to the More Joyous inquiry," Murphy tweeted.
"He is in no position to endure the stress. He pushed himself to undergo the Today Tonight interview to tell of his simple role in the More Joyous investigation.
"Without going into his health issues I can assure you he is not up to the task in his current condition."
Robinson made a phone call to Singleton over information he had heard relating to the fitness of More Joyous before her defeat in the All Aged Stakes at Randwick last Saturday.
Because he is no longer a licensed person with Racing NSW, Robinson does not have to appear before stewards on Monday.
Singleton subsequently accused Waterhouse's son, bookmaker Tom Waterhouse, of telling people the champion mare could not win the Group One race and sacked Gai Waterhouse as his trainer.
Robinson spoke of his role in the drama on Channel Seven's Today Tonight program on Wednesday and said he was "horrified" by the public fallout between Singleton and Gai Waterhouse.
Tom Waterhouse has denied the accusations.