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STEWARDS MAKE A STRONG STATEMENT AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE HEART OF THE CARNIVAL

By Damian Browne | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Damian Browne is rated right up there with the best jockeys in Australia. After severe injury setbacks which would have ended a lesser man’s career, this eleven-time Group 1 winning jockey has fought back against the odds to establish a solid reputation both as a person ... through the calm, confident and professional manner in which he goes about his business ... and as a rider, where he has built an enviable race record largely courtesy of his exceptional expertise as a horseman. Damian’s column, ‘Brownies Blog’, will appear weekly on Wednesdays ... exclusive to HRO!

The stewards certainly made a statement when suspending apprentice Luke Tarrant for six weeks after finding him guilty of a reckless riding charge from Saturday’s meeting.

I haven’t seen the replay ... ... so it would be unfair for me to comment on this particular outcome ... but I do know some of the boys weren’t too happy coming back.

There is a fine line between careless riding and reckless riding but, once it is deemed to be that bad, tempers can run quite high at times.

It is a start where there is quite often interference in that first corner going out of the straight at Doomben and also in the run leading up to it. I suppose that is where experience comes into play.

You have to leave a little bit more room. Obviously it was decided that Luke didn’t and he’s suffered the consequences.

We’ve all suffered from interference and we’ve all caused it at some stage but, as I say, it is a fine line between being careless and reckless and if your ride is judged to fall into the latter category you are in dangerous territory as safety has to be paramount at all times.

If it is decided you have compromised safety, you will be in trouble.

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