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Posted 2023-05-12 12:10:38  
Top Hong Kong Jocks suspended for up to 12 months

The Stewards today conducted an inquiry into the conduct of licensed Club Jockeys V Borges and S De Sousa following a report received from the Club’s Department of Racing Integrity and Betting Analysis.

 

At today’s hearing, V Borges pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule of Racing 59 (3).

 

Rule of Racing 59 (3) states:-

 

“No jockey shall:-

 

Bet or facilitate the making of a bet or have any interest in a bet on any race or any contingency relating to a race meeting.”

 

The details of the charge being that whilst being licensed as a Jockey by The Hong Kong Jockey Club, he did have an interest in a bet on the racehorse YOUNG BRILLIANT when it raced in Race 6 at the Happy Valley racemeeting conducted on 26 April 2023.

 

At today’s hearing, S De Sousa also pleaded guilty to a charge under Rule of Racing 59 (3).

 

The details of the charge being that whilst being licensed as a jockey by The Hong Kong Jockey Club, he did facilitate Jockey Borges having an interest in a bet on the racehorse YOUNG BRILLIANT when it raced in Race 6 at the Happy Valley racemeeting conducted on 26 April 2023.

 

In deciding the matter of penalty in respect of Jockey Borges, the Stewards took into consideration that it is fundamental to the integrity of racing that Jockeys are not permitted to bet or to have an interest in a bet. In mitigation, the Stewards also took into consideration all submissions made by Jockey Borges and, amongst other relevant matters, Jockey Borges’ guilty plea and unblemished record in relation to betting offences.

 

In the circumstances, Jockey Borges was disqualified for a period of twelve (12) months to commence immediately and expire on 12 May 2024.

 

In deciding the matter of penalty in respect of Jockey De Sousa, the Stewards took into consideration that it is fundamental to the integrity of racing that Jockeys are not permitted to bet or to have an interest in a bet. In mitigation, the Stewards also took into consideration all submissions made by Jockey De Sousa and, amongst other relevant matters, Jockey De Sousa’s guilty plea and unblemished record in relation to betting offences.

 

In the circumstances, Jockey De Sousa was disqualified for a period of ten (10) months to commence immediately and expire on 12 March 2024.

 

There was no evidence before the Stewards that Jockeys Borges and De Sousa had ridden their horses in the respective race with any intention other than to obtain the best possible placing for their mounts.

 

Marc Van Gestel

Chief Stipendiary Steward

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