CHAMPION New Zealand horseman Mark Purdon will appeal a suspension handed down by Western Australian stewards last week.
Last Friday night Purdon was suspended for 26 days for a racing incident during the early stages of the Group One Golden Nugget in which he drove the winner, Ultimate Machete.
Purdon was charged with forcing a horse to cover more ground than necessary when he pushed Ultimate Machete clear of the markers racing into the first bend.
“I thought it was a smart move at the time,” Purdon said. “But though another horse is not checked, there is a regulation to cover it.”
Purdon was also fined for comments he made to the stewards during the process, with half of that fine suspended.
Purdon is appealing the suspension and the severity of the sentence.
He has elected not to apply for a stay to drive Vincent in Auckland on Friday night.
Should his appeal fail, Purdon will return just in time to drive his Inter Dominion winner Lazarus in the Fremantle and Western Australian Cups in mid January.
Co-trainer Natalie Rasmussen will partner Vincent in Friday night’s Franklin Cup, with Tim Williams to partner Heaven Rocks.