But larrikin jockey lands in hot water
By TONY WHITE
STEWARDS yesterday elected not to charge larrikin jockey Allan Robinson over an incident last Thursday involving an ambulance officer, but he is embroiled in another investigation involving one of his rides.
Stewards yesterday opened an inquiry following a complaint to police by medical officer, Ron Sommer. Sommer alleged he was struck by Robinson with his whip, but withdrew the complaint last Monday.
Yesterday Robinson, Sommer, Grafton station officer Mick Carter, race starter Rex Kelly, veterinarian Julie Goldman and jockey Greg Farrer gave evidence.
Sommer told the inquiry he was struck in the back by Robinson's whip and he and the rider had had words but admitted "it wasn't a strike to hurt me, just a hurry up.
"I was humiliated and embarrassed more than anything."
Robinson claimed he had put his hand on Sommer "if anything I was ushering him on, no malice. I never tried to harm or hurt him."
After hearing evidence from all parties chief steward Bill Fanning said the reason stewards weren't issuing charges were: "There was no malice or intent. We don't think you (Robinson) meant to do it.
"But it's not your position to hurry along a medical officer and conduct proceedings."
"I apologise for putting my hand on you and hurrying you up," Robinson said to Sommer.
"I accept that," Sommer replied and the two shook hands.
Stewards have adjourned an inquiry to a date to be fixed following concerns over Robinson's ride aboard the Craig Martin-trained Zouzou in the opening race.
Zouzou was hunted to the lead by Robinson and drifted off the rails on straightening before finishing second last. The heavily backed favourite Second Choice, trained by Martin's brother Tim, got up along the rails to land a plunge.
Stewards took evidence from Robinson, Second Choice's rider Robyn Freeman, Craig and Tim Martin. Fanning said stewards were concerned at Robinson's riding of Zouzou and the tactics employed.
"We've asked Terry Griffin (Racing NSW betting steward) to look into betting patterns of the race Australia wide," Fanning said.