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Norvall suspended for 11 days

  • Sun, 10 Jun 2018
  • Richard Edmunds

Jockey Rogan Norvall picked up an 11-day suspension at Te Rapa yesterday for not riding out his mount Soldier Field, who narrowly missed a placing.

Soldier Field ran fourth in the opening race of the day, 2.9 lengths from the winner and only a long head from third place.

Norvall admitted a charge of failing to ride his mount out to the line and was suspended for 11 national riding days. The suspension began at the conclusion of racing yesterday and will continue up to and including Wednesday June 27.

Stakes-winning mare Mangaroa Flo Jo, who finished near the tail of the field in a 2100-metre race later on the Te Rapa programme, was found to have sand in her trachea and required veterinary treatment.

Meanwhile, at Trentham, the only suspension handed out was a five-day ban for Matt McNelis, who shifted out on Miss Lizzie at the 300-metre mark of the eighth race and checked Rock Island Line. His suspension began after yesterday’s racing and will continue until Sunday June 17.

Jumps jockey Will Gordon was stood down for the day following his fall from It’s A Wonder in the K S Browne Hurdle. His mount in the McGregor Grant Steeplechase, Venerate, was scratched due to the lack of a suitable replacement rider.

Wise Men Say was one of the most disappointing performers of the day, finishing at the tail of the McGregor Grant Steeplechase, with rider Isaac Lupton advising that he was unsuited to the figure-eight course and would also have appreciated more distance.