Nicholas Hall has been cleared to retain his association with one of the top 2015 Manfred Stakes chances at Sandown on Monday, the hoop to partner the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Petrology.
Under a 10-meeting careless riding suspension he received from the stewards at Mornington last Friday, Hall appealed to the Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Tuesday against the harshness of the ban.
Originally he was set to finish the suspension at midnight on Monday January 26, but after his appeal was granted he will now be free to ride from Sunday.
That allows him to ride at Sandown’s Australia Day meeting on Monday including his ace ride on Fastnet Rock colt Petrology, a three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner Aqua D’Amore, in the $150,000 Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m).
Petrology has won three of his nine starts to date, the lightly-raced up-and-comer coming off back-to-back wins from the spring.
The first was at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival when taking out a Listed 1800m race with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle.
Hall then took over on November 15 when Petrology went to Sandown-Hillside, where he returns first-up on Monday, to win the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).
The Sandown Guineas win was an excellent effort that saw the horse put two and a quarter lengths on his closest rival Stratum Star after overcoming the outside barrier 12 draw.
Between the Guineas and the Manfred Stakes, Hall travelled to Werribee last week to jump on Petrology and re-familiarise himself with the youngster in a track gallop.
Petrology worked well that day and has been impressing Hayes & Dabernig all throughout the lead-up to his latest campaign.
His jumpout last Friday was over 800m and he finished in 48.70 including his final 400m in a smart 22.94 seconds.
“He narrowly won the jump-out and he’s going well,” co-trainer Dabernig told AAP last week.
“He’s a Fastnet Rock colt who doesn’t carry a lot of excess condition.
“Some of them are quite big, heavy-framed horses but he’s quite athletic and he’s come to hand very quickly.
“I think he’ll be pretty forward for that race of the 26th.”
His major assignment this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival will be the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse on March 7.
“I think first-up will be a good indicator of where he’s at,” Dabernig added.
“But his main goal is third-up in the Australian Guineas if he’s going well enough at the time.”
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