The Stewards of the Horse Racing Division inquired into the instructions given by trainer Amar Sewdyal to jockey Jose Aparecido da Silva, who rode High Voltage in the 2nd race of the 3rd meeting (18th June 2022). Following this inquiry, Amar Sewdyal was found guilty of Rule 73 (d), which states: “𝘈 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴, 𝘪𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘫𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘺𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘰 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘨.”
Amar Sewdyal has been handed a Rs 15,000 fine and his licence suspended for 30 days. However, this suspension of 30 days will only come into effect, if he commits the same offence within a 12-month period. It is worth remembering that jockey Da Silva was suspended for 8 meetings following his ride on High Voltage. He was sanctioned under Rule 208 (a), which states: ”when riding in a race, a jockey shall take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that his horse is given the full opportunity to win or obtain the best possible place in the field”. Jockey Da Silva has since appealed against his sanction.