SKYE Bogenhuber vigorously defended a charge levelled at her by stewards of not giving Happy Event every chance in the Dalrello Stakes before being suspended for two months on Saturday.
Stewards found Bogenhuber failed to make sufficient effort to restrain the filly at the 900m and then allowed the filly to keep striding at the 800m mark as she and Love Spy opened up a big margin on the rest of the field.
Bogenhuber told stewards every time she tried to take hold of Happy Event “she wanted to run off”.
“Do you just expect me to restrain and slot into second place like I’m driving a car?” she said.
“The horse is working against me. I did everything possible at the time. It was already fired up.
“Would you rather me run off the track and pull it up?”
Earlier trainer John Zielke had noted Happy Event lost her tongue tie and said that contributed to her racing ungenerously.
Stewards said it was a serious offence and they expected better of a jockey with Bogenhuber’s very successful record around Toowoomba.Bogenhuber, who has only recently returned from injury, indicated she will appeal the suspension.
On the face of it the stewards decision will be difficult to upset.
Race 4: Moore Trailers Dalrello Stakes QTIS 2yo Plate – 1200m
HAPPY EVENT – Jockey S. Bogenhuber was found guilty of a charge under AR135(b) in that from the 900m after obtaining a position outside LOVE SPY she failed to make sufficient effort to restrain her mount when it was reasonable and permissible to do so particularly given she had ridden aggressively in the early stages to obtain a position outside the lead. Further, from the 800m she allowed her mount to stride forward which resulted in HAPPY EVENT maintaining a fast tempo when it was reasonable and permissible to restrain and attempt to maintain a position outside LOVE SPY, and that her actions as particularised have, in the opinion of the stewards, resulted in HAPPY EVENT failing to obtain the best possible position. Jockey Bogenhuber was suspended from riding in races or a period of 2 months, to commence at midnight, 20 April and to expire midnight 20 June.
Stewards may have thought this was a "Team Effort" with Bogen taking on Love Spy with the stablemate Spot The Diff getting a soft run behind but it was Crack Me Up which finished much too well.