Khathi’s Double Soured By Fine

While he booted home a great double at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday afternoon, the day was soured for jockey Robert Khathi when he was slapped with a hefty fine and had his riding weight restricted.

A talented rider, Khathi guided Green Mandarin to victory for Glen Kotzen in the fifth, and then went all the way in the final race on what was a really well-judged effort on Paul Reeves’ Palo Queen.

Robert Khathi embraces trainer Paul Reeves after Palo Queen’s courageous win (Pic – Cape Racing)

Khathi was charged with a contravention of Rule 55.4 in that he failed to weigh out at the carded weight on Nordic Prince (Race 3) and Holding Thumbs (Race 6), or at the higher weight confirmed in his engagement with the Trainer, resulting in a change of rider.

He signed an admission of guilt and was fined R5 000.

Furthermore, the Stewards, considering his apparent recent history of being unable to weigh out at the carded weight, have restricted him to a riding weight of 56.5kg.

He may not accept to ride under this weight until such time that he can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Stewards that he can comfortably ride below the restricted weight.

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