Bad Australian Blunder: Stewards of Rosehill Meeting in Misinterpretation of Rules.; Allow Placing to Stand After Rider of Winner Returns to Jockey Room Before Weighing In--Many Protests., Daily Racing Form, 1923-03-07


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BAD AUSTRALIAN BLUNDER Stewards of Rosehill Meeting in Misinterpretation of Rules Allow rincinp to Stand After Ilirtcr of AVIn AVInncr ncr Returns to Jookey Jloom Hefoie HefoieWeighing Weighing In Many Protests SYDNEY N S W Australia February 1 After Lion Isle had won the first division of the Parramatta mile at Rosehill on De ¬ cember 9 last his backers went to their re ¬ spective bookmakers to collect Some weri paid right away but the more cautious books waited for the weight flag to go up and when it did not go up in a few minutes it was real ¬ ized that something was seriously amiss As the protest flag was not hoisted punters and bookmakers alike were mystified and betting on the next race was almost suspended suspendedLion Lion Isles rider J Toohey was respon ¬ sible for the sensation as when he returned o the inclosure on that horse instead of mmediately going to the scales to be weighed in he went to the jockeys room which is near by and threw his saddle and gear down 7or a few moments it was not realized that ie had not weighed in but when it suddenly dawned on those responsible a rush was made for the jockeys room and Toohey was found sitting down resting Toohey was asked why he had not weighed in and sud ¬ denly remembering his duty he gathered to ¬ gether his saddle and gear and went on to the scales and weighed in correctly correctlyORDEIIS ORDEIIS WEIGHT FLAG HOISTED HOISTEDThe The stewards as soon as Toohey had been weighed in correctly deliberated and after a short discussion Abel Hyde gave instruc ¬ tions to an official to hoist the weight flag However J W Cook the trainer of the second horse requested Mr Hyde to delay the hoisting of the Hag as he wished to ap ¬ peal against the stewards decision Mr Hyde disregarded Cooks request and the flag was hoisted and the bookmakers paid on Lion Isle IsleThe The attitude taken by Mr Hyde is ex traordinary as Cook had every right to ap ¬ peal against the decision of the stewards to the committee of the Australian Jockey Club and for the chairman of the stipendi ¬ ary stewards to refuse to accept Cooks ap ¬ peal is against the fundamental principles of the rules under which racing is conducted conductedThe The Australian rules of racing are mcst definite in regard to weighing in and are as follows When a race has been run every jockey or rider must immediately after pulling up ride his horse to the place of weighing and there dismount when told by the judge or a steward and not before and be weighed to the satisfaction of the judge or steward If he dismount before he is told to do so lie may be fined or suspended from riding at the discretion of the stewards and the horso he rode may be disqualified for that race Provided that if a jockey or rider be pre ¬ vented from riding to the place of weighing by accident or illness by which he or his horse is disabled or by reason of any other cause which in the opinion of the stewards is sufficient he may walk or be carried to the scales lAXDATOUY DISQUALIFICATION DISQUALIFICATIONIf If a jockey or rider do not weigh in or be short of weight or be in the opinion of the stewards guilty of any fraudulent practice with respect to weight or weighing the horse he rode is disqualified for that race and the jockey or rider may be punished at the dis ¬ cretion of the stewards stewardsIf If a jockey or rider touch except acci ¬ dentally any person or thing other than his own equipment after starting and before weighing in he may be lined or suspended from riding at the discretion of the stewards and the horse he rode may be disqualified for that race unless he can satisfy the stewards that he was justified by extraor ¬ dinary circumstances Provided that any portion of his equipments he may have dropped after the passing of the winning post may be handed to him by the clerk of the course courseFrom From the above rules it will be seen that Lion Isle was indeed fortunate to be awarded the race as Toohey not only broke the first and second rules quoted by failing to weigh in immediately but also the third as by going into the jockeys room and sitting down he certainly touched other things than his own qeuipment qeuipmentTOOIIEYS TOOIIEYS LONG SUSPENSION SUSPENSIONTooheys Tooheys lapse was possibly due to being worried by the inquiry into the fall of Tress nel in the December Handicap He rode David in that race and the stewards de ¬ cided that Toohey crossed too quickly on that horse and suspended him for three months but their decision had not been communi ¬ cated to him prior to his going out on Lion Isle However just as he was unsaddling Lion Isle he was requested to go to the stewards room This probably upset him and as he had been wasting during the week Ins lapse is perfectly understandable understandableNot Not only have the stewards been severely criticized by racing men but the judge has also come in for a fair share as it is ar ¬ gued that he is responsible for the dismount ¬ ing of the horses and to see that the jockeys walk straight to the scales and are not touched hindered or given anything by per ¬ sons who may be in the weighing inclosure inclosureTruly Truly it is a sad state of affairs when a jockey who has ridden a winner can dis ¬ mount and retire to the partial seclusion of the jockeys room without being reminded that his presence is needed on the scales scalesA A racing man who had a fair bet about Tulyrush told me yesterday that he is far from satisfied with the decision of the stew ¬ ards and intends taking further action in the courts

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