App. Zulfikri - Suspended


14 Nov 2017

STIPENDIARY STEWARDS’ REPORT – TUESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER 2017           

RACE 9 (R1342) CLASS 4 – 1400M (LONG COURSE A), SUNDAY, 22 OCTOBER 2017, SELANGOR TURF CLUB OCTOBER MEETING 2017

The Stewards, on 14 November 2017 at the Selangor Turf Club, concluded an inquiry into the running and handling of ARC CARA. Evidence was taken from App S Zulfikri, the rider of ARC CARA, in the presence of his Master, Trainer PS Kumaran, and Trainer S Dunderdale, the Trainer of ARC CARA.  

App S Zulfikri was found guilty of a charge of incompetent riding under MRA Rule 44(9)(b)(iii) in that:

1.      Despite knowing that ARC CARA had a tendency to lay in during its races, he used his whip in the right hand in the straight.

2.      Between the 400M and the 150M, he continued to use his whip in the right hand causing ARC CARA to drift towards other horses and away from the available gap between MORE POWER (J De Souza) and D’ GREAT VULTURE (App KC Wong), thus making it necessary to ease and straighten the gelding on multiple occasions, and interrupt his momentum.

3.      By his own admission to the Stewards, he felt unable to use his whip effectively in his left hand.

In assessing the penalty, the Stewards took into consideration App S Zulfikri’s 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 his suspension. He was suspended from riding in races for a period of two (2) months with effect from 20 November 2017 and to expire on 19 January 2018, both dates inclusive. He was advised of his Right of Appeal (3:05pm).


 


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