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Melbourne Cup riders Chris Munce and Michelle Payne have been suspended but will be allowed to take their mounts in the Flemington feature tomorrow.
The suspension is another controversy in the riding career of Munce who was jailed for his involvement in the Hong Kong tips-for-bets scandal in 2006. Released in 2008 but unable to commence racing in Victoria due to an upheld racing ban, Munce made his Melbourne comeback aboard Daffodil in this year’s Caulfield Cup. The hoop is set to mount the mare again on Tuesday for the Melbourne Cup despite being outed on Saturday for his Rosehill ride. He will be hoping to relive his 1998 Cup ride when he drove favourite Jezabeel to a sensational victory.
He will miss six meetings for his ride in the Parramatta RSL Handicap at Rosehill on Saturday, where he forced a run on his horse Sikka when rounding the home turn that resulted in One Lickety Split being badly hampered.
Munce begins his suspension following the Hawkesbury Cup meeting on Thursday and will resume on November 18.
Michelle Payne was found guilty of careless riding aboard Hoorang in the Group 3 Lexus Stakes at Flemington during Saturday’s Derby Day. Payne’s charge was considered a high range interference by stewards, who suspended her for 4 city and 10 country meetings in total.
Payne was found to have allowed Hoorang to shift out at the 800m prior to being clear of fellow runner Reprisal. The move caused crowding to Reprisal which resulted in Nothin’ Leica Cat being checked and Six O’clock News along with Dandaad suffering interference.
Payne’s suspension commences midnight Tuesday through until November 17, allowing her to take her mount in the Cup aboard the Bart Cummings-trained mare Allez Wonder.
Payne is attempting to become the first female jockey to ride a Melbourne Cup winner.
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