Chavez suspended three months

Oscar Chavez's appeal dismissed, penalty extended from three to five months.

Singapore Stewards Press Release




RACE 2 [TF0568]

The Inquiry into the handling of SOUSUI (O Chavez) in Race 2 at the Singapore Turf Club Meeting on Saturday, 14 May 2022 was concluded on Thursday, 19 May 2022.

After taking evidence from Jockey O Chavez(pictured), the rider of SOUSUI, and Trainer H Takaoka, the Trainer of SOUSUI, and Mr H Ryohei, Trainer H Takaoka’s Assistant Trainer, Jockey Chavez was charged under MRA Rule 44(10) in that he failed to ride to the satisfaction of the Stewards.  The specifics of the charge being:

that approaching and passing the 900m, after initially being crowded slightly to the inside by DIXIT DOMINUS (M Lerner), he did continue to unnecessarily restrain his mount, resulting in that gelding losing ground; and
he did fail to ride with sufficient vigour and determination in the homestraight.
Jockey Chavez pleaded not guilty to the charge and after taking further submissions from all parties, the Stewards elected to withdraw Particular 1 of the charge but sustained the charge based on Particular 2.

In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account the nature of the charge, his disciplinary record, personal circumstances, precedent penalties and submissions from Jockey Chavez that he has been engaged to ride at the Singapore Race Meeting on Saturday, 21 May 2022.

Jockey Chavez was suspended from riding in races for a period of three months with effect from Sunday, 22 May 2022 until Sunday, 21 August 2022, both dates inclusive.  He was advised of his Right of Appeal.