Queally's relief as stewards take no action after interference
Tom Queally was all smiles after winning – and especially after keeping – the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on The Tin Man, although all the while deliberations were going on you could have forgiven the victorious jockey from casting his mind back.
All the way back to 2010, when one of the most famous stewards' inquiries of all ended with Queally on the wrong end of a controversial reverse.
That was at Newmarket in the wake of a 1,000 Guineas Queally had 'won' on the late Sir Henry Cecil's 66-1 shot Jacqueline Quest. Only for stewards to adjudge that French-trained favourite Special Duty, beaten a neck, had been impeded to a Classic-costing extent.
The severely disabled owner of Jacqueline Quest, Noel Martin, was left distraught, his disbelief – and the discomfort of Channel 4 presenter Mike Cattermole, who had been interviewing him –broadcast for all to see after his filly's demotion to second.
Cameras were not then allowed inside stewards' rooms, unlike now, although the Diamond Jubilee inquiry was not one of those that lent itself to scintillating television, albeit such hearings remain a luring, peepshow-like watch.
Those familiar with the sport in Britain and the way stewards approach interference would not have expected placings to be changed after The Tin Man hung left, bumping 2-1 favourite Limato, who in turn nudged Tasleet.
Queally copped a two-day careless riding ban (July 9-10) – but before the inquiry he would have taken that any day over a repeat of Jacqueline Quest's demotion.
Asked whether he was worried by the stewards' inquiry, Queally said: "You either keep it or you don't. I lost a Guineas a few years ago, but nobody dies."
True that. He added: "It's great. It's hard to get rides here, and even harder to get winners."