S John appeals, stay of sentence granted

Singapore Stewards Press Release

SINGAPORE MARCH MEETING 2019

FRIDAY, 08 MARCH 2019:

RACE 3 [TF0293]

The Inquiry into the ride of WONDERFUL ERA in Race 3 at the Singapore Turf Club Meeting on Friday, 08 March 2019 was concluded on Friday, 08 March 2019. After taking evidence from Jockey S John (pictured) and Trainer L Dragon, the Trainer of WONDERFUL ERA, Jockey John was found guilty of a charge under MRA Rule 44(10)  in that he failed to ride to the satisfaction of the Stewards. The specifics of the charge being that from the 500m until the Winning Post, he failed to ride his mount with sufficient vigour and determination.

When deciding on penalty, the Stewards took into account the nature of the charge, his record, his personal circumstances and submissions from Jockey John that he has been engaged to ride at the Singapore Race Meeting on Sunday, 10 March 2019.

Jockey John was suspended for a period of three months with effect from Monday, 11 March 2019 to Monday, 10 June 2019 both dates inclusive. He was advised of his Right of Appeal.

On Sunday, 10 March 2019, Jockey John exercised his Right of Appeal against the decision of the Panel of Stewards and the penalty imposed on him. He subsequently applied for a Stay of Sentence. After considering submissions from Jockey John on Monday, 11 March 2019, his application for a Stay of Sentence was granted by the Panel of Stewards. The Appeal will be heard at a date and time to be fixed.