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McDonald To Appeal Threeood Suspension

  • James McDonald will appeal the suspension for the June 20 ride on Threeood
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James McDonald win on Kordia brought up 100 Metropolitan winners for the season on Saturday. (Getty)
Sydney's leading jockey James McDonald will appeal the three-week suspension that was delivered regarding his ride on beaten favourite Threeood at Randwick on June 20.

McDonald was charged under Australian Racing Rule 129 (2) which states "A rider must take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that the rider’s horse is given full opportunity to win or to obtain the best possible place in the field."

Speaking to RSN this morning which was also in regards to riding his 100th Metropolitan winner for this season as a part of a winning treble at Rosehill last Saturday, McDonald was hopeful a positive outcome would come shortly with the appeal.

"Yeah, I'll be appealing for sure and hopefully get it (appeal) heard as soon as possible." McDonald said.

"Yeah for sure (been harshly dealt with) hence why I'm appealing, I think it's very harsh."

The charge relates to Threeood's ninth-placed finish behind Stella Sea Sun (replay below).

James McDonald has become the first jockey in more than 10 years to complete back-to-back seasons of 100 victories or more after riding 104 Metropolitan winners in season 2018/2019.