Jockey Vanan - Suspended


28 Sep 2017

RACE 3 (R1167) CLASS 4 – 1400M (LONG COURSE B), SUNDAY, 17 SEPTEMBER 2017, SELANGOR TURF CLUB SEPTEMBER MEETING 2017

The Stewards, on 27 September 2017 at the Selangor Turf Club, concluded an inquiry into the running and handling of PERFECT PEARL in the above race. Evidence was taken from Jockey SS Vanan and Trainer L Moy, the rider and Trainer of PERFECT PEARL respectively.

Jockey SS Vanan 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.      He urged PERFECT PEARL into a six length lead in the first 200M, contrary to the Trainer’s instructions.

2.      He took insufficient steps to check how far back his rivals were throughout the first half of the race.

3.      In the first half of the race, he allowed PERFECT PEARL to race at an overly fast pace which it had no hope of maintaining, resulting in the gelding tiring badly.

4.      He made no attempt to give PERFECT PEARL a breather at any stage despite being 10 lengths clear at the 800M.

In assessing the penalty, the Stewards took into consideration Jockey SS Vanan’s guilty plea, mitigating factors, previous riding record and his submissions on penalty. Acting on the provisions of MRA Rule 48(5), the Stewards deferred the commencement of Jockey SS Vanan’s suspension at his request. He was suspended from riding in races for a period of 4 months with effect from 2 October 2017 and to expire on 1 February 2018, both dates inclusive. He was advised of his Right of Appeal (3:50pm).

Jockey SS Vanan 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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