The Stewards questioned Trainer BT Lim and Jockey H
Bukhari into the intended tactics that would be adopted on SWISS BANK in
today’s event. Trainer BT Lim stated that in his opinion, the way the
track had been racing may be advantageous to his horse to be more
forward than it has been in its normal racing pattern. Jockey H Bukhari
agreed with his trainer’s comments. The Stewards noted their comments
and a public announcement was made to the effect.
Jockey J De Souza was fined RM500 under MRA Rule
107(10) in that he failed to make the carded weight on IMMORTALITY. The
Stewards permitted Jockey HS Gill to be the rider of IMMORTALITY.
The start of this race was delayed when HEIRRO (M
Wepner) became fractious, cast its off-fore plate and was reshod. HEIRRO
was examined by the Club Veterinary Surgeon and was passed fit to race.
TEARS TO DIAMONDS, which was examined by the Club
Veterinary Surgeon behind the barriers at the request of Jockey C Goon,
was found to be lame near-fore and as such will be required to pass a
1000m/vet test before being declared to race again. TEARS TO DIAMONDS
was withdrawn by order of the Stewards at 2:07pm.
Upon jumping, HEIRRO (M Wepner) shifted outwards and
inconvenienced FULL MEANING (Lou Ho).
HAPPY AMIGO (App T Krisna) jumped outwards at the
start and inconvenienced BUNGAE (App AM Aizat).
SWISS BANK (H Bukhari) jumped awkwardly and got its
AWAKENED (App M Hanif) shifted in on jumping
resulting in GOLDEN DRAGON (M Zaidi) having to be checked by its rider
and lost ground.
SWISS BANK had a tendency to race fiercely in the
Shortly after entering the front straight, HAPPY
AMIGO had a tendency to lay out under pressure.
Approaching the 300m, HAPPY AMIGO was disappointed
for a run between IMMORTALITY (HS Gill) and HEIRRO (M Wepner), and had
to be eased by its rider and lost ground.
Approaching the 300m, FULL MEANING shifted out and
made contact with FRANKLY MY DEAR (R Burnett).
Approaching the 200m, FRANKLY MY DEAR hung inwards
when being struck with the whip which resulted in FULL MEANING being
severely checked by its rider and lost its rightful position when racing
on the outside of IMMORTALITY.
An objection was lodged by Jockey Lou Ho, the rider
of FULL MEANING, placed fourth, against FRANKLY ME DEAR (R Burnett)
being declared the winner, on the grounds of alleged interference at
approximately the 300m mark. After considering the evidence, the Racing
Stewards were of the opinion that the alleged interference had not
affected the result of the race. The objection was overruled and the
The Stewards took evidence tendered by Jockey Lou Ho
and Jockey R Burnett during the protest hearing and also further
evidence from both riders.
At the conclusion of an inquiry, Jockey R Burnett,
the rider of FRANKLY MY DEAR, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless
riding under MRA Rule 44(9)(a)(ii) in that whilst riding FRANKLY MY DEAR
at approximately the 250m, he allowed his mount to shift in when using
the whip resulting in interference to FULL MEANING (Lou Ho) resulting in
that horse having to be checked.
In assessing the penalty, the Stewards took into
consideration Jockey R Burnett’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 R Burnett’s suspension. He was suspended from riding in races for
a period of four Malaysian race days with effect from 17 January 2016
and to expire on 31 January 2016, both dates inclusive. He was advised
of his right of appeal (3:30pm).
ACCEPTOR (EA) / SCRATCHING
||TEARS TO DIAMONDS
||Withdrawn at 2:07pm
Note: The above
horse(s) will be required to pass the above test(s) before being
declared to race again.