Eight-meeting suspension for Damian Lane Sun, 04 Oct 2015

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Damian Lane will join James McDonald as a Caulfield Guineas absentee next Saturday after being handed an eight-meeting suspension at Caulfield yesterday.

Lane was found guilty of careless riding at the 250-metre mark on Heza Ripper in The Cove Hotel Plate. His suspension is due to start after today's Turnbull Stakes meeting at Flemington, where he takes the feature race mount on the New Zealand-owned Caulfield Cup prospect Rising Romance.

Lane pleaded not guilty, saying the incident happened quickly and he tried to straighten his mount. "I don't believe there is much I could've done and the interference is minor," he pleaded.

Jordan Childs was suspended for seven meetings after being found guilty of careless riding on Lonhtime soon after the start in the Spotlight Handicap.