Wright’s 17 Strikes Lands Heavy Fine

Given the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Cape Town on Wednesday 6 December 2023, Jockey G Wright was charged with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2, read with Guideline M in Appendix E on the use of the crop.

The particulars being that he misused his crop by striking RAISEAHALLELUJAH more than twelve times (17) in the entire race during Race 8 at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Racecourse on 2 December 2023.

Gareth Wright was given the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed (Pic -Chase Liebenberg)

Jockey Wright pleaded guilty and was found guilty of the charge.

In assessing the penalty, the Inquiry Board considered the aggravating and mitigating factors, the status of the race, as well as Jockey Wright’s record pertaining to this type of contravention.

A penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of twenty-one (21) days and a fine of R22 140 (twenty-two thousand, one hundred and forty rand) was imposed.

Jockey Wright was given the Right of Appeal against the penalty imposed.

  • Media release by NHA on 07 December 2023.


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