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NHA – Hewitson Suspension

The champion withdrew his appeal on 31 July 2019

The Hong Kong Jockey Club advised over the weekend that Lyle Hewitson’s suspension of 14 days incurred at Fairview would come into effect on Monday 9 September.

The National Horseracing Authority confirms the finalisation of the following matter as set out below:

At an Inquiry held in Port Elizabeth on 19 April 2019, Jockey Lyle Hewitson was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3, in that on 12 April 2019 at Fairview Racecourse, he failed to ride BELIEVETHISBEAUTY out to the end of Race 8, thereby prejudicing his chances of obtaining 3rd position.

Jockey Hewitson pleaded guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Hewitson guilty and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of fourteen (14) days.

Jockey Hewitson appealed against the penalty and then withdrew his Appeal on 31 July 2019.  A substantial part of his deposit was forfeited.

As prescribed by the Rules, the matter then had to be considered by the Inquiry Review Board, which confirmed the finding and penalty at its meeting on 6 September 2019.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Stewards were previously notified by The National Horseracing Authority that Jockey Lyle Hewitson was only cleared to commence riding in Hong Kong, pending the Inquiry Review Board deciding upon this outstanding Inquiry.

On Friday 6 September 2019, they were advised that the original finding and penalty of a 14 day suspension was confirmed.

The NHA formally requested that this penalty commence after Jockey Hewitson fulfilled his race riding engagements at the Sha Tin race meeting on Sunday 8 September 2019.

Hong Kong is a Specified Racing Authority in terms of Rule 91.1.2 and as such, the suspension will be reciprocated by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Accordingly, Jockey Hewitson’s 14 day suspension commenced on Monday 9 September 2019 and will expire on Monday 23 September 2019, on which day he may resume race riding.

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10 comments on “NHA – Hewitson Suspension

  1. Art Andersson says:

    Muzi Yeni has been vindicated about his comments that Lyle Hewitson took unsportsmanlike advantage of the Jockey Club rules to win the SA jockey title for last season.

    The withdrawal of the appeal by Hewitson has shown that the Jockey Club of Southern Africa needs to change its rules to prevent them from being abused.

    The inquiry was held within a week of the offence and the Jockey Club took 5 months to organise the appeal.

    Considering that Hewitson and Yeni were both in the running for the title, the Jockey Club should have acted with urgency and not taken it’s time to ready the appeal.

    The inadequate rules and the Jockey Club’s unreasonable tardy conduct in not having the appeal ready within weeks of the guilty finding gave Hewitson an unfair advantage.

    Those who think Hewitson was cheating are wrong. He did what the Jockey Club rules entitled him to do. To me, as I have stated earlier, Hewitson acted in an unsportsmanlike manner. In all probability, he was never going to argue his appeal.

    In an interview on DSTV channel 239 Yeni made Hewitson’s transparent and deplorable intentions known to the world and suffered a uncalled for public backlash as a sore loser. Yeni had every right to complain and be a sore loser.

    We do not know what the result of the Jockeys title would have been had Hewitson taken the 14 days and not appealed. We can only guess.

    If the Jockey Club cannot act efficiently it should introduce a rule to prevent unsportsmanlike conduct. Everyone subject to its rules will think twice before they try to take advantage.

    Here is to Cape Town 2020!

  2. Graeme Hawkins says:

    Clearly there needs to be a revision of the rules – Lyle played the system (as have others) and this should not be allowed to happen. Lets tighten it up fellows!!!

  3. HORSE BOSS says:

    Very well spoken Art…. could have not said it better myself….

  4. Pops says:

    Well played Mr. Lyle Hewitson,well played.You almost got away with not serving any of your suspension.
    Just that it seems the appeal board did not play ball and allow you to take your suspension right after you dropped your appeal.Because it seems you had forgotten to renew your licence in time and thus would not be able to ride for at least two weeks.
    Mr. Hyde is correct we do have a unique system the only one in the horse racing world that allows the guilty party to call the tune.
    Well played young man.

  5. Kenny says:

    This whole thing stinks, let’s see if the hkjc will tolerate such crap.

  6. Sergen govender says:

    Lyle riding for top stable in SA. The owners must have pulled some strings for his suspension to be later

    1. Editor says:

      That’s nonsense Sergen
      The system allows the jockeys to control the timing to an extent

  7. Kessie says:

    Lyle and all other jockeys have learned how a real system should work. You guilty you pay timeously. How sa racing learns too.

  8. bob kistnasamy says:

    Well, if the system is fraught with errors, why not take advantage.
    it seems like the authorities have not learnt from the Khumalo saga.
    Coincidence that both riders were from the Tarry stable, Ed.
    No suggestions Ed.
    As Graeme had indicated, the rules need to be tightened.
    So what happens to Muzi’s enquiry??

  9. Cecil Pienaar says:

    No problem with Rule changes.

    Will have a problem if it is changed, back dated And Lyle is stripped off the Championship ?

    Lyle, when you read this… I reckon you’re a Super Star Jock ? and only 21 ?

    When Muzi takes his 100 days, this SP forum will break the internet,,, and poor old Warren, Greg etc will get it ?

    PS – No issue with Muzi, KZN man, but history shows, penalties are seldom overturned

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