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Leith Innes suspended for Stradbroke ride

New Zealand jockey Leith Innes has been suspended after stewards completed an inquiry into interference in the Stradbroke Handicap.

Innes, who rode Counterattack in the Group One race at Doomben on June 10, was charged with causing interference to Patrick Moloney on Kaepernick in the straight.

Stewards said Innes had allowed Counterattack to shift out at the 300m which took Kaepernick on to Ulmann who was checked.

The inquiry was adjourned when Moloney left the course without telling stewards and he was later fined $400 for disobeying a direction to stay on the track.

Innes had asked that the inquiry be finalised via Skype as he did not expect to return to Queensland in the near future.

But he then elected to return to ride Save The Date who won at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

Stewards reopened the inquiry and after hearing a transcript of Moloney’s evidence, Innes pleaded guilty and was suspended for 12 days.

Fellow jockey Glen Colless will be able to ride at Saturday’s Tatts Tiara meeting after being suspended for 10 days at Sunday’s Sunshine Coast meeting.

Colless was found guilty of causing interference in the straight on the winner Park Chinois.

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