Lee will appeal suspension

By ADAM HICKS sport@northernstar.com.au BALLINA trainer Stephen Lee lodged an appeal with Racing NSW yesterday over the stewards' inquiry finding that his apprentice jockey Joshua Jones was solely responsible for the racing accident that fatally injured Coffs Harbour jockey Daniel Baker.

Jones was handed a three-month suspension for careless riding this week at a stewards inquiry into the Grafton race fall on December 2 that resulted in Baker's death. But Lee said the suspension was not what he was appealing against.

"We lodged a notice of appeal on the grounds that we need to seek some legal advice and have a legal representative look at it all," he said.

"We asked for an extension to the period of time for the appeal but we were advised (by Racing NSW) to lodge the appeal and go through the procedures and if we didn't want to go on with the appeal, we could seek to withdraw it.

"Because of the short viewing (during the inquiry) it was hard to take it all in in such a short time.

"Now we get the transcripts (of the inquiry) and the video footage and we'll have a legal representative look at them and they'll decide.

"We just need to determine if Joshua is 100 per cent at fault for this."

Lee and Jones had until 4.30pm yesterday to lodge their notice of appeal.



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