South Australian hoop Josh Cartwright has been stood down from all riding with immediate effect and charged with reckless riding after appearing to make a beeline for other horses in the final race at Morphettville on Saturday.

A jockey is in hot water over a reckless ride at Morphettville. Photo: Darryl Sherer

Cartwright was aboard $51 pop Senior Council in the MAC Stop Drug Driving Benchmark 70 Handicap (1250m) and can be seen looking over his right shoulder before angling his horse into the path of rivals which were making ground down the outside.

Part of the stewards’ report read:

“The particulars of the charge being that whilst riding SENIOR COUNCIL in Race 8 at Morphettville Parks on Saturday, 14 January 2017 he directed and rode his mount outwards in a reckless manner at an acute angle with the intention of making contact with runners to his outside and in doing so contacted GO THE JOURNEY inside the 200 metres, resulting in that horse being severely hampered and taken out onto HOUSE OF WAX, resulting in that horse becoming severely unbalanced and J. Holder becoming unbalanced and losing his seat, falling to the nearside of his mount before regaining his seat a number of strides thereafter.”

Cartwright pleaded guilty to the reckless riding charge and an inquiry into the penalty has been adjourned to a date to be fixed.

The race was won by the Michael Vassallo-trained $4 favourite Murti, ridden by 3kg apprentice Anna Jordsjo.

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