KZN Jock Fined For Excessive Crop Use

Was he even counting?

Wednesday’s one and only race at Hollywoodbets Greyville’s washed-out meeting dished up it’s fair share of drama.

While the jockey protest that followed has drawn its share of public response, the Sporting Post has been requested by readers to get other readers’ comment on the race itself.

An inquiry has been opened into why jockey Muzi Yeni had to ease Head Gardener at the 300m.

Athandiwe Mgudlwa – bad day at the office (Pic -Candiese Lenferna)

It was also a largely forgettable race for Jockey Athandiwe Mgudlwa, who exceeded the permitted crop strike limit of 12 times during a race, by smacking the eventual fourth-placed Allsaidanddone 22 times in total.

Whether the young rider’s maths is an issue, or he just wasn’t counting, who knows – but he has to find R2 500 to pay his fine. That even seems lenient.

Watch the replay here:

Here is the official report:

  1. a) MASTER OF ARMS (L Pagel) over-raced in the early and middle stages.
  2. b) Jockey J Gates (BOURBON BEAT) dropped his crop in the concluding stages.
  3. c) An Inquiry will be opened in order to establish why HEAD GARDENER (M Yeni) had to ease at the 300m.
  4. d) Jockey A Mgudlwa signed an admission of guilt for a contravention of Rule 58.10.2, read in conjunction with Guideline M, in that he misused his crop by striking the horse ALLSAIDANDDONE more than 12 times in the entire race. In assessing penalty, the Board considered the number of times (22) Jockey A Mgudlwa struck the horse ALLSAIDANDDONE, the distance over which and manner in which he used his crop and his record (0) in relation to this Rule. Accordingly, a penalty of a fine of R2500 was imposed.
  5. e) COMMAND COUNCIL (S Veale), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer D W Moore advised (SC).

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