Ben Melham was suspended for fifteen conferences for careless riding following shedding the Comic Court Handicap on The Large Metal on protest to Elusive King at Flemington on Saturday.
Melham got the Matt Laurie-educated The Massive Metal property by a head in the 2000m event but Brad Rawiller, rider of the Peter Moody-educated Elusive King, speedily fired in a protest alleging interference from the 300m to the profitable post.
The Huge Metal ($ three.sixty), formerly unbeaten in two Flemington commences, was racing tight on the outdoors of Elusive King ($ two.70 fav).
“We had been lucky not to go via the fence,” Rawiller advised Racing Victoria stewards, chaired by Robert Cram, of the interference.
Melham instructed stewards that The Big Metal ducked in for one stride but Cram advised him that portion of the cost was that he had not presented Elusive King “enough room” on his inside of.
Melham pleaded guilty to the charge and stewards outed him from midnight on Sunday right up until midnight on January one.
He has 5 rides at Ballarat on Sunday and is free to return right after the suspension on Standish Handicap day at Flemington on January 2.
The day wasn’t all poor for Melham who guided Jugahlation ($ 7) to victory in the Fiesta Star Hcp (1200m).