Joe Azzopardi cops a proper ban for the fall in the Perth Cup

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WA jockey Joseph Azzopardi has been banned for six weeks after being found guilty in Sunday’s Perth Cup where the race was abandoned and the horse died.

Perth Racing chief executive James Oldring said: “Our thoughts go out to everyone associated with Chili Is Hot.”

“This is one of the most difficult events for anyone involved in racing.

“The welfare of jockeys and horses is always our highest priority.”

After an investigation, Azzopardi, riding Buster Bash, was deemed to be at fault and charged with “careless driving under AR131(a) by allowing Buster Bash to move to the outside near the 2200m when he was not outside the Chili . Is Hot (P Knickey) caused the mare to touch Buster Bash’s heel and fall, causing Dom To Shoot (J Turner) and Neufbosc (B Parnham) to fall, with many other runners also receiving interference.’

Azzopardi pleaded guilty to the charges and was suspended for six weeks.

“It’s the worst moment in my racing career. Azzopardi told The West

“It wasn’t intentional and I was trying to control Buster Bash, who was going wayward.

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