Leading jockey Chris Parnham could miss Saturday’s bumper 12-race card at Belmont Park with a hip complaint.
Fresh from winning his second straight Perth jockeys’ premiership, the 25-year-old was forced off his rides at Thursday’s Pinjarra meeting.
Parnham had blood tests on Thursday and will have a MRI on Friday morning before deciding whether he rides on Saturday.
“It came out of the blue and was bloody painful,” Parnham said.
“It’s in my hip and goes down my leg.
“I’ve got a feeling with trials and races being called off, not doing much in the last week has brought it on.
“I’ll make a decision on Friday afternoon whether I ride on Saturday.
“It’s going to need to improve. Hopefully I’ll be right but it’s no guarantee.”
Parnham’s eight rides at Belmont include early favourites Work In Progress and The Velvet Queen. He is also booked to ride Stafford’s Lad in the $100,000 Jockey Celebration Day Stakes (1400m).
Meanwhile, dual Group 1 winner Alligator Blood has been sensationally banned from racing in Victoria on the eve of the spring carnival.
Racing Victoria stewards followed Racing NSW’s lead in banning Alligator Blood because of owner Allan Endresz’s undischarged bankruptcy status.
Racing Queensland allowed the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained star to race at the Brisbane winter carnival, where he bounced back to his best to score a slashing Stradbroke Handicap victory in June.
Endresz will consider appealing against the decision or transferring his shares to Alligator Blood’s other owners in a bid to keep the gelding’s Cox Plate bid alive.
“During the course of their inquiries, the stewards established two areas of concern,” RV’s stewards report said.
“Firstly, that Mr Endresz is currently an undischarged bankrupt, and secondly, the stewards have been unable to ascertain nor identify all of the beneficiaries associated with Mr Endresz and his racing syndicates.
“In light of the above concerns, Mr Endresz was invited to participate in a show cause hearing where he was provided with an opportunity to demonstrate why he ought be allowed to continue racing horses in Victoria.
“Taking into account all the information and materials provided during the show cause hearing, the stewards have determined, that Mr Endresz has not complied with the following Australian Rules of Racing:
• AR36A(2)(c) which states that a person is not permitted to hold an ownership or lease interest in a horse if the person is an undischarged bankrupt or is taking advantage of the laws in force for the time being relating to bankruptcy; and
• AR36B which states that an ownership or lease interest in a horse is not permitted to be held in a trust where the persons having an interest in the horse, beneficial or otherwise, are not readily and accurately identifiable.”