I watched the race and obviously Frankie was within fractions of getting his first-ever victory in the Melbourne Cup. I don’t know if what happened had an impact on the result – and I doubt it did because it was so close to the line – but interference is interference.
The onus is on the jockey to keep his horse in line.
Frankie should have ridden less vigorously in propelling his horse forward and focused on keeping his horse straight.
Amidst from all the excitement of this mornings #MelbourneCup rider Frankie Dettori has been suspended until November 14 for careless riding aboard Master Of Reality ?
Correct decision or not?! ????
— The Winners Enclosure (@TWEnclosure) November 5, 2019
It was a funny old weekend because obviously there was controversy at Ascot on Saturday as well with Diego Du Charmil and his stablemate Capeland.
If you were implementing the rules correctly even though it was accidental by Lorcan Williams and it wasn’t an intentional manoeuvre, he still ran another horse out. His interference was so impactful that he should have been placed behind Capeland.
It shouldn’t have to be intentional for the rules to apply.
Capeland was disqualified so that means you disqualify Diego Du Charmil as well.
Splitting opinion this…
The stewards decided that Diego Du Charmil (winner) should be awarded the race despite veering and forcing stablemate Capeland the wrong side of the fence resulting in it not jumping ?
Right decision?! ?
— The Winners Enclosure (@TWEnclosure) November 4, 2019