Ganeesh , J Low & Aizat – Suspended
RACE 9 (R191) CLASS 4 (B) – 1400M (LONG COURSE A), GREAT WEALTH STAKES, SUNDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 2019, SELANGOR TURF CLUB FEBRUARY MEETING 2019
The Stewards, on 15 February 2019 at the Selangor Turf Club, concluded an inquiry into the running and handling of CHAR KWAY TEOW in the above race. They took evidence from Jockey M Ganeesh and Trainer C Leck, the rider and trainer of CHAR KWAY TEOW. Also present to give evidence were the Starter, Assistant Starter and Barrier Attendant Khangharam Choudhary.
Trainer C Leck stated that he had instructed M Ganeesh to ride CHAR KWAY TEOW wherever comfortable, but above all not to rush the gelding in the early stages. He added that CHAR KWAY TEOW had displayed difficult barrier manners in two recent Barrier Practices and demonstrated a tendency to rear up. As such, Jockey M Ganeesh, who had ridden him in both practices, requested for the gelding to be attended to prevent a recurrence. Having reviewed the vision of the start, both Trainer C Leck and Jockey M Ganeesh stated that CHAR KWAY TEOW was responsible for his own slow jump in that the gelding shifted backwards just before the gate opened. They added that although Khangharam Choudhary had released his grip on the bridle slightly too late after the gate had opened, this had no material effect.
After reviewing the vision of the whole race after the jump, and hearing further evidence, Jockey M Ganeesh was found guilty of a charge under MRA Rule 44(10) in that he failed to ride CHAR KWAY TEOW to the satisfaction of the Stewards. The particulars of the charge were:
i) Between about the 850M and the 650M, he made insufficient effort to improve his position when a clear opportunity was available to do so by progressing into the gap between DROUGHT on the outside and SOON SEEKER on the inside.
ii) From just before the 400M to just before the 200M, he used his whip in a manner different to his normal style of riding a finish and which appeared to be less effective, in that several of his attempted strikes made little or no contact.
In assessing the penalty, the Stewards took into consideration Jockey M Ganeesh’s riding record, his mitigating factors and his submissions on penalty. He was suspended from riding in races for a period of one month. This suspension will commence on 18 February 2019, to be served consecutively following the completion of his suspension from Monday, 11 February 2019 until Sunday, 17 February 2019, both dates inclusive (2 Malaysian race days).
An application to defer the commencement of the suspension under the terms of MRA Rule 48(5) was refused. Jockey M Ganeesh was advised of his Right of Appeal against both the suspension imposed and the refusal to defer its commencement.
Jockey M Ganeesh subsequently exercised his Right of Appeal against the refusal to defer the commencement of his suspension, on the grounds that he had provisionally accepted mounts for the Selangor Turf Club race day on Saturday, 23 February 2019. A list of seven (7) potential mounts was provided to the Racing Stewards who will deliberate on his appeal.
RACE 8 (R208) CLASS 4 (B) – 1400M (LONG COURSE A)
At about the 300M, HERO CHAMPION (J Low) commenced to shift inwards under pressure, causing FLYING WINNER, SEGAR THE BEST (App A Zaimuddin) and PLAYBOY SOON on his inside to be crowded at about the 200M. Jockey Z Khairil, the rider of GREENSTONE, which was racing in the gap between SEGAR THE BEST and PLAYBOY SOON at the 300M, reported to the Stewards that he had anticipated the gap narrowing as horses from the outside were taken inwards, and therefore as a precautionary measure, had changed direction and shifted outwards approaching the 250M.
At the conclusion of an inquiry, Jockey J Low, the rider of HERO CHAMPION, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under MRA Rule 44(9)(a)(ii) in that at about the 300M, he allowed his mount to shift persistently inwards under pressure causing FLYING WINNER to be crowded on his inside, and SEGAR THE BEST and PLAYBOY SOON to be seriously unbalanced and tightened to the inside of FLYING WINNER at about the 200M.
In assessing the penalty, the Stewards took into consideration Jockey J Low’s guilty plea, mitigating factors, previous riding record and his submissions on penalty. He was suspended from riding in races for a period of six (6) Malaysian race days with effect from 18 February 2019 and to expire on 16 March 2019, both dates inclusive. He was advised of his Right of Appeal (5pm).
RACE 10 (R210) CLASS 5 (B) – 1400M (LONG COURSE A)
At about the 1100M, RED SAPPHIRE (App WW Cheah) was eased to avoid the heels of EMPEROR WARRIOR (S Ruzaini) and ducked inwards, causing LIM’S ACTION (HS Gill) to be badly crowded on his inside. At the same time, COLONEL LINCOLN (S Salee) was eased to avoid the heels of SEMIFREDDO (AM Aizat) which rolled inwards. This caused a chain reaction which led to SMIDDY BYRNE (App J Daniel) being awkwardly placed on the heels of COLONEL LINCOLN and ORION (App L De Souza) being awkwardly placed on the heels of SMIDDY BYRNE whilst also being crowded by LIM’S ACTION to his outside. Jockey J Mallyon, the rider of RUFFLE THE RUFFIAN, had to take evasive action to avoid the heels of ORION causing his mount to lose ground.
At the conclusion of an inquiry, Jockey AM Aizat, the rider of SEMIFREDDO, was found guilty to a charge of careless riding under MRA Rule 44(9)(a)(ii) in that he allowed his mount to shift inwards when not sufficiently clear, causing COLONEL LINCOLN to ease and the horses following COLONEL LINCOLN to be awkwardly placed.
In assessing the penalty, the Stewards took into consideration App AM Aizat’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) Malaysian race days with effect from 25 February 2019 and to expire on 3 March 2019, both dates inclusive. He was advised of his Right of Appeal (6:15pm).