Reigning Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Mark Zahra will miss 36 race meetings after being suspended for a month for causing the Australian Guineas fall, which put Ethan Brown in hospital with internal injuries.
Zahra (Holymanz) pleaded guilty to careless riding, as stewards determined the experienced hoop decided to take a run inside Brown’s mount Maximillius when there was insufficient room to do so.
Mark Zahra has copped a one-month ban for his part in the Australian Guineas fall.Credit:Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images
“This resulted in Holymanz being severely tightened for room and making heavy contact with Maximillius, which contributed to Maximillius being severely unbalanced when tightened for room between Holymanz and Amenable, which had also become severely unbalanced. As a result of this, Maximillius fell,” stewards wrote in their report, after concluding an inquiry on Monday.
Both Holymanz and Maximillius fell during the incident, but Zahra walked away unscathed and was able to continue to ride at the Flemington meeting.
Blake Shinn was also handed a 10-meeting suspension out of the race, for careless riding on Elliptical.
“The careless riding being that near the 300m when riding his mount along he permitted Elliptical to shift in when not sufficiently clear of Amenable thereby taking Amenable in off its course and being severely unbalanced when tightened for room onto Maximillius,” stewards wrote.
“This contributed to Maximillius being severely hampered, falling and Holymanz being brought down.
“When considering penalty stewards took into account Blake Shinn’s contribution to the interference, which was deemed significantly less than Mark Zahra’s.”
Both riders have the right to appeal.
Meanwhile, Jamie Kah continues her rehabilitation at the Epworth Hospital from a fall in the VRC Sires’ Produce on Newmarket Handicap day, which left her severely concussed.
Jamie Kah is still recovering after a fall at Flemington left her severely concussed.Credit:Racing Photos
Kah’s partner Ben Melham, victorious in Saturday’s Australian Cup, told RSN radio on Monday morning that Kah’s condition was improving.
“The last couple of days I’ve seen significant improvement in her,” he said.
”She’s just taking the necessary steps from doctors’ advice.”
But Melham said there would be no rush from Kah to get back to race riding in time for the spring carnival.
“With brain injuries, they are all different and people recover at different times,” Melham said.
“That’s not even concern at the minute, the concern is getting her back to full health and then reassessing.
“But even the doctors haven’t given us a lot of information on time frames.
“It will just be day by day, step by step. She will be ready when she’s ready.”
Melham joked that Kah continued to get herself in trouble for watching too much TV.
“She’s supposed to be resting and not watching too much television,” he said.
“She is getting very frustrated because she is an outdoor kind of person, and she is locked up in her room doing her rehab.
“She’s been [sneaking] the racing channel on and getting in a little bit of trouble for that because she won’t turn it off.”
Stewards are yet to conclude their inquiry into Kah’s fall, which also brought down Craig Williams.
An inquiry into the third fall, at Moonee Valley on All-Star Mile day, also remains open.
While there were no falls at Saturday’s metropolitan race meeting at Flemington, a fall at Geelong on Friday left Blaike McDougall with a fractured C7, while Grant Seccombe suffered a fall when riding at Healesville on Saturday.
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