Two of the front runners in the race for the national jockey championship have had their chances of landing the title hampered by suspensions.
Last week, the National Horseracing Authority handed out a 14-day suspension from riding to reigning champion Lyle Hewitson and a seven-day ban to former champion Anton Marcus.
The two jockeys are lying second and third in the log behind pacemaker Muzi Yeni, who clocked up three victories at Turffontein on Saturday to stretch his lead at the top the table.
At an NHA inquiry held in Durban on 24 April, Marcus was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7 in that, as the rider of El’ Zara, he failed to ensure he did not cause interference to other runners when shifting inwards in the early stages of Race 1 at Greyville Racecourse on 17 April.
Marcus pleaded guilty to the charge and the inquiry board found him guilty and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of seven days. Jockey Marcus has the right of appeal against the penalty imposed.
Hewitson’s inquiry was held in Port Elizabeth on 19 April, with the charge being that he contravened Rule 62.2.3 on 12 April at Fairview by failing to ride Believethisbeauty out to the end of Race 8, thereby prejudicing his chances of obtaining third position.
Hewitson pleaded guilty to the charge and the board suspended him from riding for 14 days.
Both jockeys have the right to appeal against the penalties.
Another to feel the sting of the NHA was KwaZulu-Natal-based Sean Veale, who was alleged to have breached Rule 62.2.7 when riding the horse Ambra and causing interference to other runners when shifting outwards between the 200m and 50m in Race 2 at Greyville on 10 April.
Veale was handed a seven-day suspension.
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