Jockey suspended for six months on misconduct charges
- Jockey suspended til Feb 2020
Victorian rider Brandon Stockdale will not ride again this year after the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board confirmed a six-month ban on Wednesday on charges of misconduct and falsifying evidence.
Stockdale has been suspended from riding until February 14 but made an agreement with Racing Victoria stewards that he can return to riding trackwork on January 14 in preparation for his return to racing.
The agreement also contains a clause that allows him to continue working around racing stables while his suspension remains in effect.
The pertinent rule, under AR 266 (2), permits a suspended rider to continue working around stables under strict guidelines but disallows any participation in riding in races, trials, jumpouts or trackwork.
Stockdale, who has not ridden since March this year, pleaded guilty under AR 228 (b) to one charge of misconduct whereby he entered a Cranbourne property and stole goods before wilfully damaging a CCTV camera.
He then also pleaded guilty to one charge under AR 232 (i) of supplying false evidence to racing stewards on the matter.
He was suspended for three months on each charge with the suspensions to be served accumulatively.
The 20-year-old jockey is no stranger to trouble with a list of previous suspensions behind him.