James McDonald suspended but won’t miss Group 1 raceday

Champion Sydney jockey James McDonald was suspended at Wednesday’s Kensington meeting at Randwick but he won’t miss an upcoming Group 1 raceday.

McDonald pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge from the Exceedance New To Vinery Benchmark 72 Handicap (1250m).

Stewards ruled McDonald allowed his mount Xanthus to shift out under riding over the latter stages of the race, causing Mission River to lose it’s running and be checked.

The suspension was McDonald’s first in more than 500 rides, which resulted in a deduction from the penalty.

McDonald found himself in hot water with stewards for his ride on Xanthus. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Stewards landed on a three-meeting ban for Sydney’s premier jockey.

The suspension starts after Saturday’s Epsom Handicap meeting at Randwick and McDonald returns to riding the following Saturday for Spring Champion Stakes day.

Meanwhile Hugh Bowman and Nash Rawiller shared the riding honours on Wednesday with doubles.

Bowman’s race-to-race winners were aboard veteran galloper Salsonic and Badoosh while Rawiller’s victories came aboard Frenzied and Alison Of Tuffy.

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Originally published asJ-Mac suspended but damage limited

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