Hanafi disqualified one year

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Singapore Stewards Press Release

RACE 5 [TF0554]

The Inquiry into the tactics adopted by App N Hanafi, the rider of KUBERA’S CHIEF, and in particularly a section of the race between the 400m and the 200m in Race 5 at the Singapore Turf Club Meeting on Sunday, 05 May 2019 was concluded on Wednesday, 08 May 2019.

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After taking evidence from App N Hanafi, his Master, Trainer D Koh and Trainer L Khoo, the Trainer of KUBERA’S CHIEF, App Hanafi pleaded guilty to a charge under MRA Rule 44(7) in that he, as the rider of KUBERA’S CHIEF, in Race 5, The CASH LUCK 2014 Stakes over 1200m, prevented or attempted to prevent his mount from running on its merits.

The particulars being:

(1)  That he unnecessarily restrained his mount rounding the hometurn (400m) which was travelling very well within itself and continued to restrain his mount until approaching the 200m which allowed the leader, SUPER WIN, to gain a winning break;

(2)  From the 200m, he failed to ride his mount out to the Winning Post with sufficient vigour and determination; and

(3)  His riding tactics adopted from the hometurn (400m) to the Winning Post were contrary to his riding instructions and contrary to the manner in which he has ridden the horse previously.

When deciding on penalty, the Stewards took into account the serious nature of the charge, his record, his inexperience as a 4kg Claiming Apprentice and his personal circumstances.

App Hanafi was disqualified for a period of one year with immediate effect from Wednesday, 08 May 2019 to Thursday, 07 May 2020 both dates inclusive in accordance with the provisions of MRA Rule 44(8)(a). He was advised of his Right of Appeal.

The Stewards accepted the evidence tendered by Trainer L Khoo and no action was taken against him.