Perth reinsman Kyle Harper has copped a five-week suspension after disobeying a trainer's instructions, leaving Kade Howson to replace him on last-start winner Little Sonny Bill at Gloucester Park tonight.
Harper, who has driven 66 winners this season, brought Little Sonny Bill from sixth at the bell to score over 2506m for trainer Courtney Burch at Gloucester last Friday.
Chief steward Bill Delaney said yesterday trainer Amanda Penno gave evidence at an inquiry into Harper's drive on Glen Well at Narrogin on July 10.
"Glen Well, urged forward to race outside leader Cheerful Dame in the Westbred Pace at Narrogin, dropped out to finish a distant last," Delaney said.
Penno said she told Harper to ease and take a trail with Glen Well.
"Kyle Harper has been found guilty of driving in an unacceptable manner," Delaney said.
Reinsman Michael Young has been charged under the same rule and given a four-week suspension. Stewards inquired into Young's drive on Falcons Medley, who ran seventh after attempting to wrest the lead from Another One For Me in the first lap of last Friday's McInerney Ford Pace (2506m) at Gloucester Park.
"He persevered for too long when it was obvious Another One For Me would not give up the lead," Delaney said.
·Star WA filly Sensational Gabby worked solidly yesterday to top off her preparation for Sunday's $176,000 Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies Final (2240m) in Melbourne.
"From barrier five, Chris Lewis will have options on how to drive her," trainer Greg Schofield said.