Saturday, February 24, 2018

Conquest’s owner appeals ‘Champagne’ decision

SHIVAM MAHARAJ, owner of Conquest Bespoke has lodged an appeal with the Trinidad and Tobago Racing Authority (TTRA) against the stewards' decision not to disqualify Champagne Stakes winner Howsweetitis from first place.

On Easter Monday, after the running of the 1,600-metre Champagne Stakes on the turf, two objections were lodged by jockeys Ronald “Tiger” Ali riding runner-up Conquest Bespoke, and Yosener Serrano aboard third-placed finisher, Magical Victory against jockey Kerron Khelawan for foul riding on Howsweetitis.

Both objections were upheld, but Khelawan was only fined, $500, and the race result was not changed.

He was found guilty of careless riding. The presiding stewards were, David Loregnard, Richard Halfide and Errol Mc David.

Their notes posted on the Arima Race Club's site state: The Stewards received the following objections:

(1) Jockey Ronald Ali rider of #4 CONQUEST BESPOKE, placed second, objected against #2 HOWSWEETITIS, the winner, ridden by K. Khelawan for foul riding at the 500 metre mark, and (2) jockey Yosener Serrano rider of #1 MAGICAL VICTORY, placed third, objected against #2 HOWSWEETITIS and #4 CONQUEST BESPOKE for foul riding at the 900 metre mark.

After hearing the evidence of the riders and viewing the video replay in their presence, the stewards found that both objections emanated from the same incident.

They were of the opinion that Khelawan allowed his horse to drift inwards just before the 600 metre mark which compromised the room to his inside and caused both Serrano and Ali to check their mounts.

But the stewards were also of the opinion that the eventual race outcome was not affected, and thus allowed the result to stand.

However they also found that Khelawan was guilty of careless riding and fined him the sum of $500.

Khelawan is set to leave for Winnipeg, Canada to ride on Monday with Prayven Badrie.

And in other racing news jockeys Ryan Hasranah and Kerron Razack have been suspended from race riding or exercising horses after testing positive for an illegal substance.