Robbo gets two months



CHAMPION jockey Allan Robinson has been outed from riding for two months after a stewards hearing at Grafton yesterday found him guilty of not giving his mount every possible chance to improve its position during a race at Coffs Harbour on August 4.

The stewards found that Robinson, aboard Forestreno, trained by Graftonbased Phil McLeod, at five stages in the race held his mount back or failed to improve its position in the race.

They were:

Restrained his mount in the early stages.

Should have improved his mount's position between 800m and 300m.

In the early part of the straight failed to look for clear running.

Near the 200m headed his mount back inside runners.

Failed to ride mount out in final 100m.

Robinson, the outstanding rider at the 2005 Grafton July Racing Carnival with 10 wins including seven on McLeod-trained horses, described the decision as ridiculous and promised to appeal against it.

He claimed that the protracted inter- val between the alleged offence and his hearing counted against him.

He pointed out that since August 4 he has had 264 rides at 45 meetings, making it difficult for him to accurately recall the events in that race.

"It's 78 days after the race. It's ridiculous, I'm not guilty," he said.

Robinson flew into Grafton yesterday in his private plane for the hearing.

He will serve his suspension from October 31 to December 31.

He has 48 hours from the time of his sentencing to appeal against it.



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