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Jockey Y T Cheng

23/11/2016

The Stewards this morning continued an inquiry commenced on 11 September 2016 and continued on 26 September 2016 and 25 October 2016.  Jockey Y T Cheng appeared and gave evidence at today’s resumed inquiry.  The Stewards also interviewed a person to whom Y T Cheng had provided racing-related information prior to and including 11 September 2016.

Y T Cheng today pleaded guilty to two charges of having breached Hong Kong Jockey Club Rule of Racing 59(1) which reads:-

Rule 59    No jockey shall:-

  1. Give any information regarding a trial of any horse in a stable for which he may be engaged to ride in any race or in any work to any person other than the owner or trainer of such horse.

 

The two charges were particularized as follows:-

Charge 1

(a) That he did ride ALMABABY in track work on 17 August 2016, 20 August 2016 and 3 September 2016 and in a barrier trial at Sha Tin Racecourse on 23 August 2016.

(b) That he was engaged to ride ALMABABY in the Yau Oi Handicap conducted at the Happy Valley racemeeting on 7 September 2016.

(c) That in a WhatsApp text conversation between 12:12 pm and 3:23 pm on 7 September 2016 he did give information regarding the fitness of ALMABABY to a person who is neither the owner nor the trainer of ALMABABY.

Charge 2

(a) That he did ride TIANHUANG in track work on 4 January 2016 and 6 January 2016.
(b) That he was engaged to ride TIANHUANG in the Jockey Club Road Handicap conducted at the Sha Tin racemeeting on 9 January 2016.

(c) That in a WhatsApp text conversation between 6:29 pm and 6:30 pm on 8 January 2016 he did give information regarding the fitness of TIANHUANG to a person who is neither the owner nor the trainer of TIANHUANG.

At the request of Y T Cheng that the charges be finalized today, the Stewards acceded to his request and the following penalties were issued:-

Charge 1:  His licence to ride in races be suspended for a period of two months to commence on 25 April 2017 and to expire on 25 June 2017, on which day he may ride.

Charge 2:  His licence to ride in races be suspended for a period of two months to commence on 25 April 2017 and to expire on 25 June 2017, on which day he may ride.

The Stewards ruled that these two periods of suspension of licence to ride in races are to be served concurrently and are to commence at the conclusion of the penalty imposed on Y T Cheng on 25 October 2016, that being a suspension of his jockey’s licence in full for a period of six months to expire on 25 April 2017 which was imposed for his breach of Rule 12(33), namely his refusal to obey a proper direction of the Racing Stewards.  In arriving at this decision on the commencement date, the Stewards were mindful that breaches of Rule 59(1) impact on the integrity of racing and that these breaches of Rule 59(1) are separate and distinct from the breach of Rule 12(33).  As such, the penalty for the breaches of Rule 59(1) are to be served cumulatively to the penalty issued for breaching Rule 12(33).

The Stewards informed Y T Cheng that, as previously advised, should he decide to submit the directed banking or financial records prior to 25 April 2017, the Stewards would reconvene to revisit the matter of the period of suspension for six months.  In the event that this were to occur, the Stewards would also revisit the commencement date of the two periods of suspension for breaching Rule 59(1) issued today.

 

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