SA apprentice suspended for losing ride

Adelaide's leading apprentice Kayla Crowther will miss one month through suspension after stewards penalised her for a losing ride at Morphettville on Boxing Day.

Crowther pleaded guilty to failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures aboard Thompson's Reward ($4.20) when runner-up to Tiara Star ($3.20 equal favourite) in the $50,000 AAMI Handicap (1050m).

Thoroughbred Racing SA stewards believed that Crowther 'failed to ride her horse with sufficient vigour for approximately seven strides' to obtain a run between Brimarvi Vehero and Zarace with 300 metres remaining when it was 'reasonable and permissible' for her to ride the horse in a manner to claim the available run.

Crowther then switched the David Jolly-trained Thompson's Reward off heels after being held up for a run behind Brimarvi Vehro and Zarace and finished strongly down the outside of runners for second.

Crowther’s suspension was reduced from six weeks down to four due to being an apprentice and her guilty plea. Her suspension starts after Saturday’s meeting at Murray Bridge.

It’s an unfortunate setback for the 21-year-old who struggled to make her mark when relocating to Melbourne midway through last year after being suspended for 15 meetings when persisting for a run that wasn’t available and causing her own fall at Caulfield in April.

Crowther returned home and rebounded to close off the second half of 2019 strongly, crowned Dux of the South Australian Apprentice Academy in November. She is third in this season's Adelaide jockeys' premiership with 24 wins behind senior jockeys Todd Pannell (36) and Barend Vorster (26).