Sport

Top jockey stood down after test

Adrian Coome after winning last year’s Tattersall’s Gold Cup in Rockhampton aboard Writer.
Adrian Coome after winning last year’s Tattersall’s Gold Cup in Rockhampton aboard Writer. Chris Ison

PREMIER Rockhampton jockey Adrian Coome stands to lose a small fortune in riding fees and prizemoney percentages after being automatically stood down from race riding over the finding of the presence of an appetite suppressant in his system.

The shock finding, made known to Coome last Friday has already proven expensive as he has forfeited a busy book of race rides at Townsville today as well as eight possible engagements at Rockhampton on Thursday.

Furthermore, Coome is resigned to having to relinquish the prize ride on Mackay filly Doubtfilly, considered one of the top prospects in the $110,000 QTIS 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Coome rode the Stuart Kendrick Mackay-trained filly when she won the $110,000 2YO Fillies Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm on January 21.

"I'll miss the Doubtfilly ride for sure," a disappointed Coome confirmed yesterday.

Highly acclaimed as a race winning jockey throughout Queensland and now based at Mackay after dual premiership wins as the Rockhampton Jockey Club's lauded hoop, Coome's woes stem from a routine urine sample provided by him at Callaghan Park races on January 12.

"A sample test taken from jockey Coome and analysed by the Racing Analytical Services Laboratory in Melbourne has returned a finding to phentermine which is an appetiser suppressant.

"He is now stood down from riding pending the result of the analysis of the split (second) sample vial," chief Rockhampton steward Luke Collins announced.

He said at the very earliest the result of that swab may not be known until later this week with Coome likely to front a stewards' inquiry next week.

Furthermore, Coome would be required to provide a "clear sample" before being permitted to ride again

Currently sitting in fourth placing on the Queensland Provincial Jockey Premiership listings with 35 such winners behind Dale Missen (46); Damian Browne (36) and Daniel Griffin 35, weight has always been a constant foe of Coome.

"In recent years I haven't had any problems with tests after having some trouble years ago through piss-pills (diuretics). I have been taken something to reduce my appetite," Coome forthrightly admitted yesterday.

Coome is a runaway leader in the current RJC's jockey's premiership with 23 winners some 11 clear of nearest rival Alisha

Taylor. Ironically, on the day that Coome was advised of his misfortune by stewards, their Deagon- based counterparts suspended Brisbane apprentice Mitchell Speers for a calendar month over a positive finding of phentermine.

Jockeys are banned from riding with appetite suppressants; dieuretis and medicated drugs being found in their systems over permitted thresholds.

As Coome commands prized rides on Capricornia and North Queensland tracks, any period of suspension would cost him dearly.

Queensland jockeys are paid $160 a ride (plus GST) as well as earning 5% of prizemoney won by their mounts in excess of $200.

Being stood down from Townsville and Rockhampton races this week could amount to a loss of income in the vicinity of $4000.

Meanwhile, Rockhampton jockey John Stephens has appealed a one month suspension imposed last week which placed the onus of blame on him for causing a race fall involving Brisbane apprentice Justin Wood at Callaghan Park on May 24, 2011.

In a lengthy and sometimes fiery Callaghan Park inquiry last week, Stephens vehemently pleaded his innocence to stewards.

His appeal will be heard by Brisbane's First Level Appeals body.

Star local filly Divine City has returned from a Brisbane campaign after botching the start in a Doomben race last Saturday before powering home for fifth.

A winner of a recent $100,000 3YO race at the Gold Coast, her Bluff based part-owner Val Beak said Divine City would now be spelled.

A large contingent of Central Queenslanders is gearing to attend the Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sales at the Gold Coast on March 18 and 19 when Divine City's full relation will go-up for auction.

Topics:  horse racing horses jockey



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

WATER UPDATE: Supply improves thanks to rain, residents

IMMEDIATE: Emergency water restrictions have been placed on locals.

Council thanks communities for adhering to restrictions

Person thrown from vehicle in crash

Coffs Harbour police station sign NSW.  26 April  2016.

Police responding to Gracemere crash

Metal bars being used in street brawl

DRINK RIDING: A cyclist almost crashed into a police car while under the influence of alcohol last week.

Street brawl erupts in Parkhurst

Local Partners

Designer announced for $29 million project

THE successful tender for the supply of detailed designs for the next stageof the Yeppoon Foreshore has been announced.


"We are going to have a go" - Mayor on carols tonight

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: Lily Cooling, Millie O'Brien and Tayah Ellis. Back: Melanie March, Mayor Margaret Strelow, Elijah March- Hoolihan and Dominic Chavasse.

Carols By Candlelight at the Music Bowl on tonight

Rocky's own tramp park bounces open

FLIPPING SWEET: Blake Peters, co-owner of Flip Out Rockhampton, opens the doors to the trampoline park today.

LOCALS will be bouncing off the walls with adrenalin and excitement.

72 hours of things to do in Rockhampton

CHRISTMAS CHEER: The annual Carols by candlelight is on at the Music Bowl this Saturday night from 7pm. Gates open from 5pm.

THERE'S an endless amount of things to do today and over the weekend

Chris Pratt's 'mental preparation' for going nude on screen

Actor Chris Pratt

New film took some mental preparation for Chris Pratt

Spiderman star used fake name to research role

Spiderman star Tom Holland.

Spiderman star went undercover at Brooklyn highschool

What's on the small screen this week

A scene from the TV documentary Running Wild: Australia's Camels.

TWO new Aussie docos will pique your interest.

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Robert Irwin, wildlife photographer

SNAPPER: Apart from wildlife, photography is Robert Irwin's great passion.

Steve's boy has a passion for photography

Louis Tomlinson's tribute to late mother

Louis Tomlinson's new single is a tribute to his late mother.

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Rocky vacancy rates drop from 7%

Rocky's vacancy rate has dropped to 4.6%.

"Positive influence” to the end of 2017.

ROOKWOOD: How much will water cost farmers?

Eden Bann Weir

What is in the EIS for impacted farmers?

REVEALED: How CQ could lose 60,000 head of cattle in a year

Brangus cattle fattened off grass, on the marine plains at \"Couti-Outi\" which has been owned by the Geddes family for 140 years.

AgForce figures of impact from major project show dire result

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!