Canterbury JC 14 August 2021 – R7 – Savish Khetoo

ID: RIB4131

Respondent(s):
Savish Khetoo - Apprentice Jockey

Applicant:
John Oatham, Chief Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Russell McKenzie (Chair) and Dave Anderson

Persons Present:
David Walsh - Apprentice Jockey Mentor, Mr Mark Davidson - Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:
A16559

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Careless Riding

Rule(s):
638 (1) (d)

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
Rosie Glow

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
14/08/2021

Race Club:
Canterbury Jockey Club

Race Location:
Riccarton Park - 165 Racecourse Road, Christchurch,

Race Number:
R7

Hearing Date:
14/08/2021

Hearing Location:
Riccarton Park, Christchurch

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Savish Khetoo is suspended 6 days and fined $250.

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Following Race 7, D Reynolds Electrical Winter Classic, Jockey Savish Khetoo was charged with careless riding in that, as the Rider of ROSIE GLOW, he allowed his mount to shift in when not clear of BLUEY’S CHANCE (Tanya Jonker) which was checked near the 1500 metres.

SUBMISSIONS:

Mr Oatham had Stipendiary Steward, Mr Mark Davidson, show video replays of the incident. Mr Davidson pointed out ROSIE GLOW, ridden by Mr Khetoo, racing to the outside of BLUEY’S CHANCE which was racing on the rail. Mr Khetoo came from behind BLUEY’S CHANCE, had a look to his inside and then shifted in, with BLUEY’S CHANCE clearly having to be checked, its Rider having to take quite a strong hold. Mr Khetoo was barely his own length clear at the time, Mr Davidson said.

Mr Walsh said that the incident was clear cut and he was disappointed. Mr Khetoo has had a number of warnings in recent times and this was a replica of an incident some 6-7 months ago and was unnecessary. Mr Khetoo said that he was disappointed in himself.

REASON FOR DECISION:

Mr Khetoo admitted the charge which was found proved accordingly.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Mr Oatham said that Mr Khetoo is still reasonably inexperienced having had 54 career rides prior to today’s meeting. He has one previous careless riding breach which was at Invercargill on 20th February 2021 – 6 days suspension and fined $250 for an above mid-level breach. The present breach is certainly in the mid-range, Mr Oatham submitted. He sought an appropriate period of suspension and fine.

Mr Khetoo has a 6-days suspension commencing on 15th August for a whip breach running up to and including 27th August.

Mr Walsh said it was not the worst careless riding breach but it was unnecessary.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

The Penalty Guidelines provide for a starting point for penalty for a mid-range breach of a $500 fine and a 5-days suspension. The Committee acknowledges that a fine of $500, on top of a term of suspension, is an onerous penalty for an Apprentice Jockey. The practice has been to impose a lower level of fine but to increase the term of suspension where appropriate. Mr Khetoo’s record, we view as a neutral factor and he has admitted the breach. There are no aggravating factors.

CONCLUSION:

Jockey Savish Khetoo’s Class B Licence is suspended from 28 August to 8 September next (both dates inclusive) – 6 national riding days. In addition, he is fined the sum of $250.

Decision Date: 14/08/2021

Publish Date: 16/08/2021