Stewards clear Jockey after owners complaint

Stewards clear Jockey after owners complaint

South Australian stewards have cleared jockey Barend Vorster of any wrong-doing following a
complaint from an owner over a ride given to one of his horses. Stewards held an inquiry following
contact from Mark Hoare, the managing owner of the Paul Preusker-trained Marcel From
Madrid (Sepoy), about concerns over Vorster’s ride on the gelding at Morphettville on October
12. Hoare expressed the opinion Vorster’s ride was either incompetent, highly questionable,
corrupt or that he failed to give Marcel From Madrid every opportunity to obtain the best
finishing position.

Stewards heard evidence from Hoare and Vorster. Hoare’s submissions
included that Vorster was unbalanced at the start, failed to take runs during the race and
wanted to stay inside in the straight. Vorstertold stewards he was blocked on a number of
occasions. Officials examined information from a betting exchange that did not reveal any betting
activity outside normal parameters.