Moses defends lad for sailing too close to the wind
Sydney Morning Herald
Monday December 7, 2009
How can you compare Jamie Quinnell with Wendell Sailor? The question was asked by Randwick trainer Kevin Moses in relation to his apprentice jockey, whose appeal against a drug-related suspension was dismissed by the Racing NSW appeals panel on Friday.Much to the chagrin of Moses, the prosecution put forward the penalty given to Sailor, the former league and union international, as a measuring stick for Quinnell, a 19-year-old. "When Sailor was outed [for testing positive] he was a mature man with two children," Moses said. "Jamie is still a teenager." Moses also argued the point that teenagers get off the rails at "schoolies week" on the Gold Coast, without the strong possibility of losing their career. One judge on Friday pointed out his grandsons were there but didn't drink. "And I didn't think Jamie was involved with drugs," former champion apprentice Moses, a successful trainer, countered. Moses is keen to keep Quinnell under the stable wing but the rider's permit is suspended until January 1 with provisos about when he can return to race riding. Moses is anything but neglectful in his role with Quinnell. "I've taken him to the soup kitchen to emphasise where you end up if you get on drugs," he said. The trainer reckons there is a far more lenient approach in Victoria but was complimentary about the "courtroom" skill of Ray Murrihy, the Racing NSW chief steward. "He should be representing Tiger Woods," Moses said. Against the charge of "transgressions"?AJC ON THE UPMerger mentions are arising again at a time when racing is producing promising indicators. Yes, the Australian Jockey Club-Sydney Turf Club amalgamation won't go away but Gosford-Wyong has again appeared on the radar. When the previous AJC administration was in a shambles, linking with the STC was an attractive alternative but the Finemore-Cornish-Pearce team is showing so much promise at headquarters it isn't really necessary. And just who is behind the push for amalgamation? Surely the industry won't be led or enticed by the NSW Government. Summer racing in NSW, primed by the new Benchmark system, has started better than it has for decades in town and Mudgee again showed the strength of the bush with a bumper cup meeting on Friday.GOLDEN OLDIESTwelve-year-old Mustard, at his 99th start, on Saturday beat home favourite Informality, eight years younger, in the Top Cut Steaks Handicap at Rosehill. Mustard, a credit to trainer John McNair, finished fourth and has lingered in touch with the placegetters at his past five starts. Commendable but so, too, is the record of Sensational Swing, only 10 but expected to make his century of starts at Sale on Wednesday. Sensational Swing has been trained throughout his career by Dianne Wynne and, incredibly, ridden by her daughter at every start, surely a world-record association. By comparison, Mustard has had 10 jockeys in recent seasons with his first in 2000 being Hugh Bowman. Grecian Vale, prepared by George McCahon at Rosebery, is the oldest effective flat horse I can recall winning when he was 13, getting plenty of assistance at the end from Des Lake.LADY LUCKBrilliant Melbourne sprinter Marconi has failed two vet tests, otherwise he would have been exported to Hong Kong. "Put it down to our good luck and their bad luck," trainer Mick Price said after Marconi's five-length Caulfield triumph on Saturday at his second race. Price was asked to find a mare from which to breed show jumpers by his wife, Caroline, and picked up Capriceuse for $4500. She was in foal to Lago Delight, a former smart sprinter trained by Jim Marconi, thus the name of the budding top-liner. Alas, Capriceuse died following a colic operation and never produced a warm-blood. Still, the Price family isn't complaining as $250,000 has been mentioned as one of the offers for Marconi - and that was only after he won at Stony Creek at his first start.JUMPS BATTLEThe battle to save Victorian jumps racing is still raging, with New Zealander John Wheeler active. "I lost three jumpers this year and not one at a fence," he said. "My [NZ] Grand National winner Bennyosler broke his leg in a paddock."HORSE TO FOLLOWAmbers Waltz wasn't as impressive as stablemate Solar Charged the previous week, ran common time and beat moderates in the first at Rosehill on Saturday but as Corey Brown pointed out: "The penny hasn't dropped yet." She will improve.DISAPPOINTINGMillennium Express, the $1.60 favourite, could finish only ninth in the seventh at Canterbury on Thursday night and pulled up "mildly lame".