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Star jockey James McDonald banned for eight meetings

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Superstar jockey James McDonald has been suspended for eight meetings after he was handed a ban for “careless riding” on Oaks Day. 

McDonald won two out of the first three races at Flemington, steering home Matron Bullwinkel ($4.60) and odds-on favourite Roots ($1.65) for an early double. 

But news broke prior to the running of the Oaks that the 30-year-old would be rubbed out for eight meetings, starting after this Saturday’s Champions Day, where he will ride both Anamoe and Nature Strip. 

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Racing Victoria stewards hit the Kiwi star with a ban for “careless riding” during his winning run with Roots, with the suspension commencing at midnight on Saturday. 

The Chris Waller-trained four-year-old mare has won three of her four starts this campaign and Waller praised McDonald for his work after the race.

“It was a well-deserved win, as she didn’t get much luck last start, but she’s racing consistently well,” he said. 

“It was a nice ride from James, as we get used to seeing, and that was a big help as well.”

It is not the first time McDonald has been issued with a “careless riding” ban, having also received one last year. However, the gun hoop managed to overturn the three-meeting ban on appeal. 

Meanwhile, McDonald went without a ride in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup, with highly-fancied overseas runner Loft ruled out just days before the $8 million feature. 


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