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Jockey sacked for not swerving

Leonard Collins

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Jockey sacked for not swerving
Jockey sacked for not swerving into other riders.

Jockey, Alf Archer, was sacked yesterday for not swerving into another horse and rider.

While ‘swerving’ – the deliberate steering of a horse in the lead to hamper a horse behind – results in the disqualification of a winning or placed horse in every other jurisdiction in the world, it is given carte blanche in the UK.

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The popular jockey collected his cards as retained rider to Scutter Holdings for not swerving and hindering the eventual winner when he was in front 100 yards from the winning post.

Hitting the front one furlong from home in the 4/9, Get 2/5 instead with Mugbet Boosting Your Odds Down Handicap at Chelmsford, Archer maintained a straight line so as not to interfere with the other runners.

However, he was passed by Tarquin Bibby on the eventual winner, Jimmy Jumpsuit.

Senior steward Gareth Timms said: "He could have at least tried to put Bibby over the rail. I don't know what he was doing fannying around being a goody-two-shoes.

"We wouldn't have disqualified him - jockeys must kill each other before we even sound the 'Enquiry' jingle."

A heated argument broke out in the winners’ enclosure between Archer and his retained owner, Darren Donaldson over his failure to ride 'dirty'.

Bibby said: “Jockeys swerve here every day. What was this idiot doing? Everyone explains it all away as ‘wandering about’, ‘running off a true line’ or ‘greenness’.”

Archer reflected: “I thought I was doing the right thing by riding safely and not endangering the lives of the other runners and riders.”

“I guess I'm a f*cking idiot."

Archer has partnered some of Scutter Holding’s more high-profile winners in recent seasons, including Crunk Muffler, Wunder Tripe and Willy Wetsuit.

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