Jockey Dale Smith has been suspended for a total of 25 meetings after being found guilty of improper riding at Pakenham on Thursday night.
Smith was piloting the John Price-trained Second Marriage in the opening event, a maiden plate over 1000m, when he found himself in an awkward spot at the top of the straight.
With runners on his immediate outside, Smith (black, check cap) was forced to follow the rail. But when the early leader, Totally Kaptivated, came under heavy pressure, the jockey desperately tried to angle out.
Stewards took a dim view of Smith's actions near the 300m, where he turned his mount's head out and attempted to drive Second Marriage through a non-existent gap.
Smith's desperation to get out from behind the heels of Totally Kaptivated saw his filly bump with Solo Flight for quite some distance in what looked a potentially dangerous scenario.
"Solo Flight was severely hampered, became badly unbalanced before Second Marriage made contact with Totally Kaptivated, which was also bumped and became badly unbalanced," read the stewards' report.
Second Marriage worked home strongly for third when eventually clear, while Solo Flight weakened to finish fifth, beaten 3.45L, and early leader Totally Kaptivated was eased down to finish 13.8L off the winner Zarpoya.
Dale Smith's 25-meeting ban will commence at midnight on March 11 and expire midnight on April 3.
Smith, who briefly retired from riding to pursue a career in real estate before returning to the saddle, will miss eight metropolitan meetings and 17 provincial meetings.
It was an eventful evening at Pakenham, with one TAB punter dropping $100,000 on the Wendy Kelly-trained Vitani in race four.
After locking in $1.90 and watching the filly firm all the way into $1.40, the punter could only look on in horror as debutant Usain Bowler charged down the outside to knock off Vitani.