Apprentice Zulfikri - Suspended


21 Sep 2017

STIPENDIARY STEWARDS’ REPORT – WEDNESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

RACE 3 (R1158) CLASS 5 – 1200M (SHORT COURSE B), SATURDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2017, SELANGOR TURF CLUB SEPTEMBER MEETING 2017

 

The Stewards, on 20 September 2017 at the Selangor Turf Club, concluded an inquiry into the running and handling of BLACK THORN in the above race. Further evidence was taken from App S Zulfikri, the rider of BLACK THORN, in the presence of his Acting Master, B Trainer Siva Kumar s/o Subramaniam, and Trainer L Moy, the Trainer of BLACK THORN.

 

App S Zulfikri pleaded guilty to a charge under MRA Rule 44(10) for failing to ride to the satisfaction of the Stewards. The particulars of the charge were that:

  1. After BLACK THORN laid in abruptly in response to the whip at the 350M, he continued to use his whip in his right hand when it was likely that this would cause interference and affect BLACK THORN’s momentum.
  2. In the last 100M, he rode with a lack of vigour when BLACK THORN was holding a possible winning chance.

In assessing the penalty, the Stewards took into consideration App S Zulfikri’s guilty plea, mitigating factors, previous riding record and his submissions on penalty. He was suspended from riding in races for a period of three (3) months with effect from 25 September 2017 and to expire on 24 December 2017, both dates inclusive, to be served consecutively with his current suspension which will end on 24 September 2017. He was also fined RM10,000/- and advised of his Right of Appeal (11:10am).

App S Zulfikri subsequently exercised his Right of Appeal and applied for a Stay of Sentence. The Stewards considered the application for a stay which was allowed. The appeal hearing will be held at a date to be fixed.


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