CURATOLO APPEALS ONE MONTH BAN

Singapore based jockey Ryan Curatolo has appealed a one month ban he received for his ride on Macau Derby runner up ROYAL GARDEN last weekend at the Taipa racecourse.

Curatolo was found guilty of breaching MJC Rule 132 (iii) for failing to ride to the satisfaction of the Stewards in that over the final 200 metres he made insufficient effort to keep his mount on a straight course and finished very wide on track, with his mount being beaten a neck and in doing so had cost his mount first placing.

The race was won by another ex-Singapore based jockey in Manoel Nunes who won the Macau Derby for his fourth time, when he partnered home four-year-old PEARL GREEN to win the HK$2.6m feature race.

Meanwhile, champion Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira wasted no time stamping his dominance in Japan, with a bag of winners at Sapporo racecourse over the weekend. Moreira landed a winning treble on Saturday and followed that with a haul of four more wins on Sunday for a total of seven winners.