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Message: i only saw the replay of this race at a friends this arvo as i live in austar territory. what i saw was a jockey who appeared to be a little unbalanced with his right foor in an unusual position who was hitting the horse with the whip in the left hand who then purposely leaned forward and rested his left hand momentarily on the wither or tree of the saddle. he then moved his right foot as in a classical normal dismount across the back of the saddle before removing his left foot and then ended up on the ground. there are nine tipsterin winninh post and sportsman. in winning post 1 of 6 put him in for fourth. in sportsman one person tipped him to win. this is often a sign that person thinks they know something others dont. how could a jockey not have a saddle in the vehicle he leasves for the course in particularly if (and i dont know this at allin this case) he drives himself. irons in the car but not a saddle. i am having some difficulty with all of this. and the inquiry wsa closed. any opinions. i dont bet so i am not talking through my pocket here.
Author: Todman Timestamp:- 30/5/2005 3:11:05 PM Subject: Re: was digger pushed or did he jump
Message: I saw the race live and several replays before hearing the official report re the wrong stirrup irons etc.
It looked as though he jumped off and if not for the horse trailing his, the jock would have nearly landed on his feet going 20 to the dozen.
As the stewards were satisfied with the story, I can only surmise that his reactions to his foot slipping out of the stirrup were instantaneous and this allowed him to kick up and off the saddle rather than simply falling off thru loss of balance.
I really was surprised as my first thought was that a certain jock named Fallon had the ride.
Author: martinkeast Timestamp:- 30/5/2005 5:26:15 PM Subject: Re: was digger pushed or did he jump
Message: i haven't read the official report yet however i gathered that the information provided by digger was about his left foot coming out and not his right. in my opinion there was a balance problem for some distance which reulted in the unusual position of his right foot which may be because the iron broke however he did not actually say it broke form what i see that and for an iron to actually break is very very rare. i wonder if digger is more of a "hobby" rider these days
Author: martinkeast Timestamp:- 30/5/2005 5:56:47 PM Subject: Re: was digger pushed or did he jump
Message: the stewards report says digger says he lost his nearside iron so how come his right was out first in the replay.from racenet news, murrihy appears to have given him an easy out by saying "Your left foot slips out and off you go.? when digger appears to have not to that stage said which foot it was. the stewards report also says digger says he left his saddles(S) behind. so he didn't notice that the vehicle he was travelling in did not have any saddles at all in it. yet it had a gear bag with carbon stirrups in it. he said he normally uses platform stirrups. if he didn't have any saddles how did he know what irons he had. so he was so silly he didn't check that when he stopped to buy a new saddle or he did in fact know that he didn't have the platforms and didn't do anything about it. to me that sort of mistake requires some action albeit minor
Message: There was no braekage of any part of the gear. His excuse was that the irons he used were not the ones he normally uses when riding 'toe in iron' If that is the case then any jockey with half a brain would have put the ball of their foot in the iron rather than just the toe. I have to say the first thing I thought when I saw the race live was that he had jumped and that didn't change with the replays. Did the stewards look into any activity on Betfair I wonder? The inquiry seemed to be over very very quickly and I don't think the stewards have done enough in this instance. Far too much talk down the track for it to be just a simple fall.
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