The Stewards, on 10 July 2018 at the Selangor Turf Club, concluded an inquiry into the running and handling of GOLDEN PENINSULA. Evidence was taken from App CK Khaw, the rider of GOLDEN PENINSULA, in the presence of his Master, Trainer R Lines, and Dr James Yu, Veterinary Surgeon of Selangor Turf Club.

Trainer R Lines stated that he believes that the gelding performs best when obtaining a handy position in the early stages. He therefore instructed App CK Khaw to adopt similar tactics to GOLDEN PENINSULA’s previous start in Penang, where it had raced prominently under App CK Khaw and finished second, beaten half-a-length.

App CK Khaw stated that he was unable to obtain the forward position he wanted from barrier 9, as several horses on his inside showed early speed. He therefore opted to shift in behind his stable mate, RAINBOW FISH (App L De Souza) so as not to be forced wide around the bend. Thus he found himself further back in the field than intended, and explained that although GOLDEN PENINSULA responded to pressure from the 400M, he was unable to reach the leaders. App CK Khaw added that, with the benefit of hindsight, he should perhaps have attempted to make progress on the outside of RAINBOW FISH between the 800M and the 600M.

App CK Khaw further stated that GOLDEN PENINSULA had changed his legs under pressure approaching the 200M and appeared to be moving short when returning to the unsaddling area. Dr James Yu, Club Veterinary Surgeon, reported that although GOLDEN PENINSULA displayed no abnormalities immediately post-race, the gelding was significantly lame on its near fore leg the following morning.

At the conclusion of the inquiry, App CK Khaw pleaded guilty to a charge under MRA Rule 44(11) in that he failed to report to a Stipendiary Steward something that may have affected the performance or the chances of his horse in the race. He was fined RM1000/- and was suspended from riding in races for a period of two (2) Malaysian race days, which was deferred to commence with effect from 16 July 2018 and to expire on 22 July 2018, both dates inclusive. He was advised of his Right of Appeal (2:45pm). The Stewards also warned App CK Khaw that in future he must do his best to ride to his instructions.