Beadman found guilty, out for a month

CHAMPION jockey Darren Beadman will be out for almost a month after being found guilty of causing the fall in which fellow rider Hugh Bowman was injured at Randwick on Saturday. Stewards found Beadman guilty of shifting in aboard Contrast in the Canon Colours Of Xmas Hcp (1100m) resulting in Bowman's mount Carnegie Belle clipping her heels. Carnegie Belle, who finished fifth, came down shortly after the finish line while Beadman's mount Contrast was second after making a late charge.

Bowman jarred his neck when he landed on his head, then as he got back up, Carnegie Belle stood on him.

He was thought to have broken his collarbone but that has been amended to dislocation and ligament damage which is expected to keep him out from four to six weeks. Beadman pleaded not guilty to a charge of careless riding, maintaining he had corrected Contrast who had been laying in. While acknowledging his attempts to straighten his mount, stewards told Beadman his efforts came too late. In assessing the penalty of 10 metropolitan meetings, stewards took Beadman's good record into account. The outing, which starts after Monday's Summer Cup meeting and ends on January 22, reduces Beadman's chances of breaking his Sydney riding record of 143 set last season. After 4-1/2 months of the current season, Beadman is on 62 winners. Bowman was one of several jockeys hurt in falls around the country on Saturday with Danny Nikolic and Craig Newitt escaping serious injury at Flemington.

In Queensland, four jockeys were taken to hospital after a spectacular fall at the Gold Coast. Justin Stanley suffered a fractured skull and swelling to his brain and lungs, a fractured jaw, knee and collarbone.

Dean Tanti broke ribs and hurt his knee, Bonnie Thomson fractured her heel while Wayne Wheatley escaped with bruising.

Stanley's partner, fellow rider Laci Morrison, said doctors were hopeful they would not have to operate and would only do so if the swelling on his brain worsened.

Bowman only returned to the saddle three weeks ago after spending six weeks out with a broken wrist.

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