RACE 9 (R316) CLASS 4 (A) – 1600M (LONG COURSE A)


Jockey J De Souza, the rider of SACRED EMPIRE, reported that at the 400M he shifted his mount inwards to obtain a run to the inside of MR HOPKINS (S Ruzaini) but shortly afterwards, was forced to check as MR HOPKINS laid inwards and subsequently, from the 250M, was persistently denied clear running as MR HOPKINS shifted outwards in front of him. He stated that due to the interference, he was never able to fully test his mount.

At the conclusion of an inquiry, Jockey S Ruzaini, the rider of MR HOPKINS, 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 inwards when not clear of SACRED EMPIRE which had to be checked.

In assessing the penalty, the Stewards took into consideration Jockey S Ruzaini’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 (2) Malaysian race days with effect from 11 March 2019 and to expire on 17 March 2019, both dates inclusive. He was advised of his Right of Appeal (6:15pm).