Oliver finds Caulfield Cup ace after Angland dealt rough hand

Damien Oliver will take the mount on Caulfield Cup contender Ace High after Tye Angland was left frustrated following a controversial Racing NSW appeal panel hearing on Friday.

Angland, who rode Ace High to victory in last year's Victoria Derby, argued against the severity of the penalty stemming from a careless riding suspension incurred in last weekend's Spring Champion Stakes.

His legal counsel, Paul O'Sullivan, claimed it was a low-grade offence rather than medium one – a submission agreed by two of the three panel members – but it didn't result in a reduction of his ban that would have allowed him to ride in the Caulfield Cup owing to the template for the length of careless riding bans.

Rough deal: Tye Angland and Ace High win the Victoria Derby in the spring.

Rough deal: Tye Angland and Ace High win the Victoria Derby in the spring.Credit:AAP

"Tye was charged with careless riding in the mid-range category and suspended for four meetings," O'Sullivan said after the hearing.

"Tye appealed and simply argued that the careless riding was in the low-range category and deserved of a lesser penalty. Tye won the argument that the careless riding was in the low-range category, but the penalty was not reduced.

"Tye is disappointed in those circumstances, which I can understand."

Stewards said Angland's suspension came in at more than 4.5 meetings on the day of the offence, wasreduced to four under their discretion, and would have been calculated as 3.9 meetings if graded in the low category.

Ace High is a $15 chance with BetEasy in next Saturday's $5 million Caulfield Cup.

"Damien's got plenty of experience around Caulfield, which is going to be a big help," Ace High's trainer David Payne said.

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