Mixed fortunes for Nunes

HAT-TRICK: Leading jockey Manoel Nunes (below) scoring on Schiltron (above) in Race 5, the final leg of his hat-trick last night.

Leading jockey Manoel Nunes' hat-trick last night was a big consolation, after having had an exasperating time last Sunday, when he went through the day with six seconds from seven rides.

The Brazilian scored on the Mark Walker-trained ALPHA CENTAURI ($20) in Race 3, the Leslie Khoo-trained AERO WINGS JUNIOR ($10) in Race 4 and the Michael Clements-trained SCHILTRON ($11) in Race 5.

The three winners have taken his season's tally to 41 winners, 23 in front of Michael Rodd, who drew a blank from three rides, and Alan Munro, who did not ride last night as he was serving a two-day suspension for careless riding.

Nunes, however, will be out of action for four Singapore race days after tomorrow's meeting.

This comes after he copped another suspension for careless riding, aboard Storm Trooper in Race 2 on Feb 27.

At the conclusion of an inquiry on Wednesday, he was found guilty of careless riding in that from the 1,000m mark, after riding his mount forward to obtain the lead, he excessively slowed the pace.

This resulted in Rahul and Jetstar Eagle, who were following, having to be checked.

In addition, Nunes was fined $2,000.

His suspension will be from March 16 to 22, which covers two Singapore race days.

This penalty will be served consecutively following the completion of his two-day suspension from March 9 to 15 for careless riding aboard Free Happy.