Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Probably not the smartest thing to do, or say...in response to Racing Victoria stewards’ decision suspending Aussie jockey Ben Smith (left) for breaking apprentice Nick Mehmet’s nose and cracking three teeth in the jock’s room at Hanging Rock on New Year’s Day: “Smith thumped the table and yelled: ‘Six months, are you serious? Jesus Christ, six months’.”
Still, I feel sorry for Smith who admits his career “is not going that great,” he had no previous confrontations of this sort, and Mehmet (below, who admits he provoked the argument further) and he have apparently made up. Plus, Mehmet is no stranger to these kinds of incidents; you may remember last summer Daniel Moor was suspended one week for calling him “a f*cking terrorist” in front of three stewards.
It also makes you wonder, are stewards Down Under too tough or are ours too lenient? Jeremy Rose gets six months whipping his mount across the face...is that action equivalent to one jockey busting another’s nose off-track?