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    CHAMPION horsewoman Natalie Rasmussen can be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu this morning. Last night stewards finalising their inquiry into Rasmussen’s... Suspension brings Rasmussen sense of deja vu

    CHAMPION horsewoman Natalie Rasmussen can be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu this morning.

    Last night stewards finalising their inquiry into Rasmussen’s drive behind Chase Auckland in last weekend’s Chariots Of Fire, with Rasmussen suspended for eight weeks.

    Stewards deemed Rasmussen failed to give the four-year-old all reasonable chance in the Group One.

    As such, Rasmussen has to rely on a stay of proceedings to enable her to drive during next week’s Miracle Mile program at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

    Among Rasmussen’s commitments is Thefixer in the $1million Miracle Mile.

    Rasmussen was in the same position this time last year after Victorian stewards handed her a three-week suspension for her drive behind Heaven Rocks in the A G Hunter Cup at Melton.

    The penalty was set to prevent Rasmussen from driving Heaven Rocks and numerous runners from the stable during the Miracle Mile program.

    Granted a stay, Rasmussen’s appeal saw the sentence altered to a $3000 after the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board deemed the suspension too severe.

    Yet to decide if she will appeal the New South Wales suspension, Rasmussen weigh up her options this week.

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