Rodder to appeal suspension

The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary  Board will hear an appeal by aged apprentice jockey Talia Rodder at 10.30am on Thursday, 1 December 2011.
Rodder has appealed against the decision of Racing Victoria Stewards as well as the severity of the imposed penalty.
She was found guilty of a charge under AR 135(b) for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure her mount had full opportunity to win or to obtain the best possible place in the field.
The charge related to her ride on Serene Tanie in the Australia Handicap (1500m), at Moonee Valley last Saturday.
Rodder, according to stewards,  failed to make sufficient effort to restrain her mount from 1100m to passing the 600m.
It was noted that the first 1200 metres of a 1500 metre race was run quicker than the following  1200m event.
Stewards found insufficient evidence to suggest collusion by trainer Robbie Laing to give instructions to Rodder in a manner that may have benefited the chance of his other runner,  Maquina, who won the race.
No action was taken against Laing.
Rodder had her licence suspended for six weeks, commencing midnight on Monday, 28 November 2011 and expiring midnight Monday, 9 January 2012.
A stay of proceedings has been granted effective until midnight on Wednesday.

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