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Apprentice Gets 20 Days

Schwarz has the right of appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed


National Horseracing AuthorityThe National Horseracing Authority confirms that an Inquiry was held in Durban on 19 September 2016.

Trainer Mrs L Crawford and Apprentice Jockey D Schwarz, assisted by Riding Master Mr L O’Donoghue, appeared before an Inquiry Board with regard to the running and riding of DEVON BELLE in Race 9 at the Scottsville Racecourse on 28 August 2016.

The Board, after considering the evidence heard, took no further action against Trainer Mrs Crawford with regards to the instructions given for the running and riding of this mare.  Her instructions for the rider to sit for as long as possible, whilst restrictive, were on the basis that DEVON BELLE, as is the norm, would jump on terms and race handy.  On the said day, the mare was slow away and lost ground to the field in the early and middle stages.

National Horseracing AuthorityThe Inquiry Board having heard the evidence and having viewed the patrol videos, was of the view that Apprentice Jockey Schwarz should be charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.1.

The particulars being that whilst riding the fourth placed DEVON BELLE and given his position in the race, that by only asking this mare for an effort at approximately the 150m mark, he had failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure DEVON BELLE was given a full opportunity to obtain the best possible placing in Race 9 at the Scottsville Racecourse on 28 August 2016.

National Horseracing AuthorityApprentice Jockey Schwarz pleaded not guilty to the charge, however, the Inquiry Board having considered the evidence found him guilty.

The Inquiry Board imposed a penalty that Apprentice Jockey Schwarz be suspended from riding in races for a period of 40 days and that 20 days be suspended for a period of one year, on condition that he is not found guilty of a contravention of Rule 62.2.1 during that period.

The Inquiry Board considered that this was a misjudgement on the part of Apprentice Jockey Schwarz due to his inexperience, as well as other mitigating factors raised on his behalf.

Apprentice Jockey Schwarz has the right of appeal against the finding and the penalty imposed.

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5 comments on “Apprentice Gets 20 Days

  1. simonjames10 says:

    I think giving this young apprentice such a harsh suspension is a total disgrace. It wasn’t really a misjudgement as he was just riding to instructions and in fact he rode a top class race. If a horse gets left and you rush it is going to fall in a hole. A good phrase that is often used in racing “slow rushed faded”. By giving him this suspension all you are doing, is breaking his spirit, he is probably just 17 years old.

    1. Editor says:

      The SAJA website doesnt list him as a race-riding appie. Seems he is in Grade 11 – so would be around 17/18

  2. Speedyvar says:

    This was part of the stipes report on the race in which Devon Belle took part.
    a) YOU BOLT (S Veale), NOT A WORD (B Lerena) and BEE MY HONEY (*L Tarentaal) were all slow into stride.
    b) LILY GRAY (A Marcus), LUNA SEA (*S Moodley) and SU-PA-SUTA (M Winnaar) were restless in the stalls.
    PEARL EMBLEM (*D de Gouveia) was very restless in the stalls and got her head caught under the front gates. Removed and scratched by the Veterinary Surgeon
    But now it is said Devon Belle was slow away. and lost ground. Why did the starter not report this?.

  3. bob kistnasamy says:

    Must say that we got a set of contributors who look at every aspect of the game. Their opinions and research is informative and adds to our knowledge of the game.
    I concur that the sanction these days are becoming much harsher, as compared to those experienced jocks found guilty of more severe offences. In any event, it is difficult to make a call between “deliberately stopped riding” and “poor judgement”.

  4. David says:

    The stipes have misjudged this one completely, all they had to do was a bit of home work with the two horses that she had met before, one was Lily Grey whom Devon Belle was never going to beat and the other Roy’s Queen whom Devon Belle beats once again and they will see that the appie actually rode a very good race, she was only running on because she was held up for most of the trip,

    the stipes MUST review their findings and correct it and not punish an innocent young rider

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