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Two-day ban for Sergeon

Published:Friday | April 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Female apprentice Georgina Sergeon has been stood down for two racedays by the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission for careless riding aboard highly fancied GO MY ROBIN in the 11th and final race over 1500 metres at Caymanas Park last Saturday.

She was penalised for causing interference to long-time leader MACHISMO, ridden by Andrew Ramgeet, in the last 300 metres. GO MY ROBIN passed the post third to THE GREYT DOCTOR, but following a stewards' inquiry, was disqualified and placed fifth. Her suspension will commence tomorrow.

Since she started riding on September 2 last year, Sergeon recalled that she had been suspended only once before. That was for one raceday late last year for a similar riding offence.

GO MY ROBIN is turning out to be her favourite horse, having won back-to-back races aboard the late-kicking 4-y-o colt on January 27 and February 17.

To date, Georgina has ridden five winners from 127 rides, the most recent on April 5 (Easter Monday) aboard the fleet-footed MR SKILL in the Easter Sprint Cup over 1100 metres.


Meanwhile, in other disciplinary actions taken by the stewards on Tuesday at the Winchester Road offices of the Racing Commission, apprentice Richard Mairs, who rode RANKING in the eighth race on Wednesday, April 21, also picked up two days for the interference caused to the runner-up MAGDALA leaving the half mile. His suspension commences on May 8.

The stewards also imposed a one-day suspension on former champion jockey Shane Ellis (effective May 8) for careless riding aboard CRITICAL REVIEW in the fourth race on April 21, this for causing interference to MR. ROYAL approaching the 400-metre point.

Jockey Paul Francis who rode the winning horse, THE GREYT DOCTOR, in the 11th race last Saturday, was fined $3,000 for the drifting of his mount in the last 200 metres.

Apprentice Jodeien Anderson, who rode LORD ADMIRAL in the fourth race last Saturday, was fined $2,000 for the drifting of his mount in the last 300 metres. LORD ADMIRAL finished a close third.