Interference – Lerena Suspended

24 days in total

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at various inquiries held in March and April Jockey Gavin Lerena was charged with three contraventions of Rule 62.2.7.

On 5 April 2019, Jockey Gavin Lerena was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that whilst riding HAWWAAM, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to APPROACH CONTROL, at the 200m in Race 9 run at Turffontein Racecourse on 2 March 2019.

The Inquiry Board, in Mr Lerena’s absence, entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf, but found Jockey Lerena guilty of the charge and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 7 days.

Jockey Lerena has the Right of Appeal against both the finding and penalty imposed.

On 1 April 2019, Jockey Gavin Lerena was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that whilst riding CASCAPEDIA, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to other runners, shortly before the finish line, in Race 6 run at Turffontein Racecourse on 2 March 2019.

Jockey Lerena pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Inquiry Board found Jockey Lerena guilty of the charge and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 7 days.

Jockey Lerena waived his Right of Appeal and was granted permission to take his suspension from 14 April to 20 April 2019, both days inclusive.

On 13 March 2019, Jockey Lerena was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that whilst riding SYLVAN ON FIRE he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to other runners leaving the 200m in Race 4 run at Turffontein Racecourse on 2 March 2019.

Jockey Lerena pleaded not guilty to charge, but was found guilty of the charge.

When assessing the penalty, the Inquiry Board took into consideration Jockey Lerena’s clean record with regard to a contravention of this particular Rule over the past two years and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 10 days.

Jockey Lerena has the Right of Appeal against both the finding and penalty imposed.

  • Press Release published by NHA on 17 April 2019

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