SHOCK VISION: Jockey goes for home a lap early at Kyneton

Jockey Michael Poy has added his name to an infamous list in the racing ranks — going for home a lap early in a staying race at Kyneton on Monday.

Riding the Daryl Archard-trained Dente ($13) in the 2828m Benchmark 58, it became apparent Poy forgot that they were still on lap one when he loomed up in the straight for the first time and pulled the persuader while the remainder of the field trotted around in arrears.

Winning jockey Jack Hill said “it looked like Michael thought it was a 1200m race”.

“He was riding it along early,” he told racing.com.

Caller Matt Hill made mention of the stuff-up during the race when Poy, 23, was coming down the straight the first time.

Presenter Brent Zerafa said after the race that Poy “will feel pretty bad”.

“It does … happen every now and again,” Zerafa said.

Stewards are investigating the incident.

Poy is understood to have told stewards it was an honest mistake.

Amazingly, Dente still beat three runners home despite finishing 8th, 19 lengths.

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Jockey Michael Poy. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

In an ironic twist, Poy came out and won the following race on $5 chance Haystacks Calhoun.

Haystacks Calhoun’s winning trainer Danielle Chapman said she told Poy before the race that the “past was the past”, in relation to the incident in the race prior.

Daryl Archard’s son, Rhys, posted on Twitter: “I’m not there but the old man will be going ballistic when he jumps off then mother is in the scales collecting numbers so she will give him both barrels.”

“And from my previous indescretions I’d be more scared of Mum,” he said.

It was scenes reminiscent of jockey Rhys McLeod at Moonee Valley on a fateful night in 2002 when riding Mystic Outlaw.

McLeod copped a two-month suspension for that incident.

In defense of McLeod and Poy, they are not the only ones to commit the cardinal sin for a jockey this century — the likes of Anthony Allen (Beaudesert, Catch Me Later, 2018), Rafi Firdhaus (Hokitika in NZ, Locally Sauced, 2017 ) and George Rooke (Wolverhampton in UK, Sophar Sogood, 2020) are just a few other instances in recent memory of a jockey going for home a lap early.

Poy, who famously rode Nature Strip to victory in both horse and rider’s first outing, has added his name to the infamous list.

It was a fateful turn of events that Poy was riding the horse in any case, as it was a pick-up ride from jockey Declan Bates who was unavailable on Monday.

Poy, who has ridden about 300 winners in his career, is the son of former champion jockey Michael Clarke who was a household name in racing as he was the stable rider for Lindsay Park for many years.

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