Tue, Jan 17, 10:15am by Senior Writer
The investigation into Josh Cartwright’s already infamous ride aboard Senior Council has widened to include a full review of betting into Saturday’s race at Morphettville at the centre of racing’s latest scandal.
Cartwright’s dangerous tactics when riding in the final race at the Adelaide venue on Saturday will see him front a Thoroughbred Racing SA stewards hearing this week after he was immediately stood down.
Stewards made the unusual decision to prevent Cartwright from riding until the hearing after he appeared to deliberately veer out and contact two other horses around the 200m mark of the race.
Cartwright’s actions impacted Go The Journey, ridden by Matthew Poon, who was then forced out onto House of Wax, whose rider Jason Holder became unbalanced and almost fell.
WATCH: The replay of the race in question
Cartwright’s partner Anna Jordsjo rode the winner Murti, with both the two horses that Cartwright interfered with well in the market in betting.
Go The Journey finished less than two lengths from the winner and would have been in the finish had the interference not occurred.
Cartwright was immediately charged with reckless riding, while TRSA announced on Monday that its investigation will include a full probe into betting on the event.
That would indicate that there is a possibility that the incident had a more sinister aspect then a jockey riding to ensure his partner won the race.
Australian Jockeys’ Association chairman Des O’Keeffe said that given that other jockeys had escaped injury in the incident, the focus was on Cartwright’s wellbeing.
“Our prime focus switches to Josh Cartwright’s wellbeing and his welfare is looked after as the process unfolds,” O’Keeffe said.
“That has commenced already and a process will play out over the coming days and however long it takes for the South Australian stewards to thoroughly establish what has happened and more importantly what has caused it to happen.
“Josh is being well cared for and he is prepared to deal with the inquiry when the stewards wish to resume this week I’d imagine.”
Jorsdjo is said to be angry at Cartwright’s actions with the Norwegian-born apprentice telling her trainer Gordon Richards that she could win her own races and didn’t need anyone’s help.
“She’s very upset, because he’s upset. She’s all for winning and if she has success that’s great but not at any cost,” he told the Adelaide Advertiser.
“She is not chuffed that her boyfriend did that in her favour, if he did do it (for that reason), because there are rules that have to be followed.”
“He’s not in a great place therefore she’s not in a great place. She really feels for him.”
The hearing is expected to take place later this week.
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