Stewards today continued their inquiries into Licensed Jockey G Ryan’s handling of the 3rd placegetter Grey Pariz in Race 5, Class 2 Handicap (1320m) conducted at the City of Dubbo Turf Club’s meeting held at Dubbo Racecourse on Friday 20 June 2014.
Further evidence today was taken from G Ryan and Mr S Cunynghame trainer of Grey Pariz. Stewards also considered evidence in respect to betting on the race, which revealed no integrity concerns with Grey Pariz firming from it’s opening price of $3 and starting at $2.50. Evidence in respect to sectional times of the race in question and analysis of average times of races previously run over comparable distances at Dubbo racecourse were also considered along with the telephone records of both G Ryan and Mr Cunynghame, obtained under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979.
G Ryan was found guilty of a charge under AR135(b) in that as the rider of Grey Pariz, in Race 5 the Kings Hall Jewellers Class 2 Handicap, 1320 metres, at the City of Dubbo Turf Club meeting on the 20 June 2014, he did in the opinion of the Stewards fail to take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that Grey Pariz was given full opportunity to win or to obtain the best possible place in the field, in that;
1. Upon jumping away he failed to ride his mount with vigour to attempt to take up a forward position in accordance with the usual racing pattern of Grey Pariz, which resulted in Grey Pariz being caught wide in the early stages and G Ryan restraining his mount approaching the 1200m and racing at the back of the field.
2. Between the 400m and the 200m in all the circumstances, he rode his mount with insufficient vigour when it was reasonable and permissible for him to have ridden his mount with full vigour between the 400m and 200m.
After giving due regard to G Ryan’s experience as a jockey, having ridden in excess of 15,000 races, and all other matters pertinent to penalty, including precedent penalties for breaches under AR135(b), G Ryan’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period of 6 weeks to commence on Wednesday 9 July 2014 and to expire on Wednesday 20 August 2014, on which day he may ride.
G Ryan was advised of his appeal rights.