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Parish severely reprimanded after RV stewards' inquiry
07 Oct 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

Racing Victoria stewards' on Thursday concluded their inquiry into the riding of Cory Parish on Rampage in Race 6 at Geelong on Friday September 22nd 2017, and in particular his decision to allow Cool Cool World to cross his mount approaching the 600m.

The Moonee Valley stewards' report from Friday night said that during the adjournment, Stewards reviewed the betting on the race and a breakdown of the sectionals, particularly in the early and middle stages.

When questioned, Cory Parish advised that he was under no specific instructions on how to ride the gelding other than to have his mount race where comfortable. He said the instructions were open ended as to whether to have his mount race with cover or lead if circumstances permitted.

Cory Parish stated that after beginning well, Rampage raced keenly in the early stages so he elected to restrain the gelding to find cover, as the horse was carrying 60kg. He stated that in his opinion the tempo of the race in the early stages was genuine and because of this he thought it would not be in his mounts best interest to allow it to continue to stride forward, however try and settle the gelding. He further stated that approaching the first turn near the 800m when he noticed Cool Cool World improve to his outside, as his mount was still racing keenly, he continued to restrain the gelding to find cover and was ultimately crossed by Cool Cool World approaching the 600m.

Cory Parish advised that Rampage was then held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight. Near the 300m Rampage was steadied when disappointed for a run between Cool Cool World and Good Therapy. Cory Parish advised that following this, when into clear running Rampage finished the race off well.

Co-trainer Ben Hayes confirmed the instructions issued to Cory Parish, and expressed disappointment that Rampage did not maintain the lead.

A report from Racing Victorias Wagering Analyst found no obvious integrity concerns. Furthermore, Stewards were provided with a report relative to the sectionals, which indicated the first 600m of the event was the slowest of the meeting (races over similar distance).

After considering all the evidence, the Stewards advised Cory Parish that he erred in that after his mount began well and particularly, bearing in mind the early tempo of the race was slow, rather than continue to attempt to restrain his mount, when racing keenly, he should have allowed Rampage to stride forward and maintain the lead. Stewards advised Cory Parish that it was an error of judgement to allow Cool Cool World to cross Rampage approaching the 600m, this decision resulted in his mount being held up until inside the 200m.

Cory Parish was advised that although he had erred, his actions did not meet the requisite standard to sustain a charge under AR135(b), nevertheless he was severely reprimanded.
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