Metcalfe suspended for failing to ride one out

A lapse in concentration has cost apprentice Stacey Metcalfe a lengthy stint on the sidelines after she was found guilty of failing to ride one out in a narrow defeat at Murray Bridge on Wednesday.

Metcalfe was suspended for two months by stewards for her ride on Exalted Maxine after easing up over the final 100m and getting run down by Bolt I Am.

Metcalfe had been a clear leader on Exalted Maxine throughout the National Apprentice Race Series Benchmark 68 Handicap (1400m).

She led the field by more than five lengths in the running and maintained a significant margin on her rivals when they entered the straight

The Grant Young-trained mare looked to have stolen it at the furlong pole until Metcalfe took her foot off the pedal shortly after inside the final 100m.

As her rivals closed she tried to urge on Exalted Maxine late but Bolt I Am rushed by with momentum to score by a nose.

The lengthy ban will be a tough blow for Metcalfe, who sits 11th on the South Australian metropolitan jockeys’ premiership.

She will still be able to fulfil her commitments on six horses on South Australian Derby day at Morphettville this Saturday before beginning the ban next week.

Her suspension will start on May 12 and expire on July 12.

Originally published asApprentice cops lengthy ban

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