Coome back in saddle
PREMIER Rockhampton jockey Adrian Coome will be clear to ride at Callaghan Park races tomorrow after having a careless riding charge overturned by the Racing Queensland's First Level Appeal Committee in Brisbane on Monday.
Coome was found guilty by chief steward Jamie Dart at the Rockhampton Jockey Club's TAB races on September 22 with careless riding aboard Sovereign Spirit in the Maiden Handicap.
He was blamed by Dart and his stewards' panel for having caused interference to Sugar Diamond near the 650 metres of the race.
Coome strenuously denied the charge and this was vindicated by the appeal's committee. FLAC chairperson Peter Bredhauer said a copy of the DVD used in evidence against Coome - the home turn race view did not properly show the incident.
"The committee found that Coome had to take evasive action because of a severe tightening caused by apprentice Cassie Priest (Boston Prince) on his outside and the erratic behaviour of Found A Treasure," Bredhauer said.
"It was noted in the stewards report that both (those horses) over raced during the middle stages of the race. In those circumstances it is reasonable to find that jockey Coome is not guilty of the charge of careless riding."
It is the second occasion that Coome has felt so strongly to appeal to Brisbane about Capricornia inflicted careless riding suspensions.
About two years ago he successfully appealed against a careless riding charge and suspension imposed by stewards at an Emerald race meeting.