Lengthy suspension for Blake Shinn

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Chief steward Ray Murrihy told Blake Shinn “I know you’re a better rider than that” after issuing the jockey two careless riding suspensions that rule him out of the saddle for four weeks.

Shinn pleaded guilty to both charges after stewards took a dim view of the incidents stemming from the Share Care Directors Sprint and the Share Care Support Centre Sprint.

“They are two suspensions that shouldn’t have happened,” Murrihy told Shinn.

“Two pieces of interference that shouldn’t have happened.”

Stewards issued two eight meeting suspensions for each careless riding charge and ruled the bans be served cumulatively.

Shinn’s bans start on July 18 and he returns to the saddle after August 15.

Meanwhile, Peter Robl was also suspended after pleading not guilty to a careless riding charge.

Stewards found Robl allowed his mount to shift, ruling it was the major cause of the interference at the point of the home turn in the Mitsubishi Mirage Mile.

Robl took his seven meeting suspension immediately and returns to race riding after July 26.

Clinton Payne

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