Chavez queried over Perfect Challenger

Jockey Oscar Chavez was questioned regarding Sunday's Race 6 beaten favourite PERFECT CHALLENGER.

Chavez said that after jumping from the inside barrier with the slow early pace, he found himself in a position on the rails and unable to improve as he would have preferred to do so in the middle stages.

He felt that Perfect Challenger would have been better suited if he were able to obtain a position on the outside and improved from the 800m mark as Perfect Challenger was a horse that was reluctant to improve when racing to the inside of other runners.

In the straight, he was disappointed for a clear run on a couple of occasions.

His explanation was noted.

After the race, Chavez reported that Perfect Challenger was not striding out freely.

A veterinary examination revealed that the horse returned as a roarer.

Perfect Challenger must pass a 1,000m gallop trial and a veterinary examination before being entered to race again.

In a separate inquiry, Chavez pleaded guilty to a charge in that he, after being confirmed to ride on June 1, did negligently take medication, resulting in the club's medical officer ruling him unfit to ride at that meeting.

He was fined $2,000 and advised of his right of appeal.