GLEN Boss will ride favourite Big Duke in Saturday’s Sydney Cup after Craig Williams’ appeal against an eight-meeting suspension was dismissed by the Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.
Williams needed to have two meetings shaved from a suspension incurred at Monday’s Sandown program to be able to continue his partnership with Darren Weir’s star import.
NOT IDEAL: WEIR ON CUP PREPARATION
But RAD Board chairman Judge John Bowman disagreed with submissions from Williams’ advocate Matt Hyland, warning he has the power to increase penalties.
Bowman told Williams he was a “role model jockey” and had a responsibility to set standards.
Williams was ousted for his winning ride on Lopartega after admitting he caused interference to Rockbolt at the 400m but said neither Rockbolt or his jockey Dwayne Dunn were disadvantaged by it.
“He (Dunn) didn’t check for one moment and he never stopped riding,’’ Williams said, to which chief steward Terry Bailey replied: “There are checks and there are checks.”
Boss is renowned as one of Australia’s greatest big-race riders, winning four 3200m features — three Melbourne Cups and a Sydney Cup — on Makybe Diva alone.
Thanks Jamie Lovett,Australian Bloodstock for the opportunity to ride Big Duke.G1 Sydney Cup.
— GLEN BOSS (@boss_glen) April 19, 2017
Within minutes of Williams’ failed appeal, Boss tweeted his thanks to Australian Bloodstock’s Jamie Lovett.
Big Duke is a TAB $3.30 favourite to win the Sydney Cup, which is being re-run on Saturday after the original running on April 8 was declared a no-race after two horses fell.
Originally published as Boss to ride Big Duke as Williams’ bid fails
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