Favoritisme envers les jockeys étrangers sous le règlement 160 A (d) ?
La perception est que les jockeys étrangers sont souvent favorisés
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Favoritisme envers les jockeys étrangers sous le règlement 160 A (d) ?

Voilà un sujet qui revient sans cesse sur la table. Les jockeys étrangers sont-ils favorisés au détriment de nos ‘local boys’? En parcourant les sanctions, prise sous le règlement 160 A (d) depuis le début de la saison, on remarque que les cavaliers étrangers ne sont pas forcément suspendus contrairement aux Mauriciens.

Pas moins de 22 sanctions sous ce règlement ont été prises par le board cette année. Il stipule que “When riding in a race, a jockey shall – (d) take every possible and necessary steps to ensure that he or his horse does not cross, jostle, bunch, interfere with or intimidate another horse”.

Six jockeys suspendus pour une semaine

Six jockeys, dont un étranger, ont été suspendus pour une semaine sous cette charge alors que la majorité ait écopé des amendes de Rs 20 000 ou de Rs 25 000. Ceux qui ont été suspendus…

i) Pravesh Horil sur Bonnie Prince lors de la 3e journée pour avoir ‘intimidate’ Ernie en ligne droite. Cedric Segeon n’avait pu monter son cheval que sur un ‘stride’ seulement. Pourquoi n’avoir pas pris son ‘clean record’ en considération?

ii) Brandon Louis sur Vintage Angel lors de la 14e journée. Au passage du but, il avait ‘jostle’ Red Indy ou le coursier de Ramesh Gujadhur avait frôlé les barres.

iii) Piere Strydom sur Red Indy, lors de la 14e journée. Peu après le passage de la ligne droite, le Sud-Africain en avait fait de même, soit ‘jostle’ Vintage Angel.

iv) Jean Roland Boutanive sur Bereta Bobcat lors de la 1re journée. Son cheval avait ‘interfered’ avec Al Hamd aux abords du 1200m.

v) Sunil Bussunt sur Duffield lors de la 3e journée. Son cheval avait ‘interfered’ avec Watch Me Dadau 300m, qui a ensuite incommodé Plain Of Wisdom.

vi) Akshay Balloo sur Sunset Breeze lors de la 13e journée. Son cheval avait ‘interfered’ avec Silken Prince au 1200m. Le cheval de Nunes avait concédé du terrain.

Lors des ‘mitigations factors’, Akshay Balloo, Jean Roland Boutanive et Sunil Bussunt avaient affirmé qu’ils préféré une suspension à une amende. Mais comment être sûr qu’ils auraient eu des amendes s’ils n’avaient pas évoqué cela? Reste à savoir…

Injuste envers Brandon Louis?

Cette question frappe davantage notre esprit. Si Piere Strydom avait fait cette faute sur Red Indy lors d’une autre journée…une autre course. Aurait-il été suspendu une semaine? On ne peut s’empêcher de penser que ‘non’. Dans cette conjoncture, les Racing Stewards étaient contraints d’appliquer une consistance dans la sanction, car c’était la même course, impliquant les mêmes chevaux et jockeys.

Venons à Brandon Louis. Le jeune cavalier a été suspendu pour une semaine sur Antwerp lors de la 17e journée. Cela pour avoir ‘interfered’ avec Bouclette Top en ligne droite. Le rapport avance que le cheval de l’écurie Gujadhur ‘was improving on the outside and having to be switched to the inside of Antwerp to continue going forward’. Un incident certes, mais minime à notre avis, car Bouclette Top n’aurait pas pu prétendre à la victoire et Sunil Bussunt n’a jamais cessé de monter son cheval. Durant l’enquête, lors de la partie des ‘mitigations factors’, afin que la sanction soit moins sévère, Brandon Louis demande à la chambre de privilégier une amende’. Chose courante durant les enquêtes venant de certains jockeys qui auront des montes intéressantes prochainement. Malheureusement pour Brandon Louis, les Commissaires lui annoncent qu’il a écopé d’une semaine de mise à pied.

Ayant suivi l’enquête sur Cool At Heart-Black Cat Back concernant la Barbé Cup (dimanche30 juin), Derreck David demande au board d’être comphrensible, car il avait déjà été suspendu sur Ku Du Tu, payé une amende sur Rob Roy et avait été réprimandé sur Eight Cities. Tandis que pour la journée précédente (samedi 29 juin), il avait écopé d’une double amende sur Charleston Hero pour n’avoir pas monté jusqu’au but son cheval et pour avoir ‘cross’ One Direction en ligne droite. David sourit après avoir écopé d’une amende de Rs 25 000 seulement. Tout cela après avoir accumulé les fautes durant le week-end.

Pourquoi s’être montré ‘lenient’ envers Derreck David et pas Brandon Louis? Des jockeys comme Bruno Reis, Daryl Holland et Cedric Segeon qui ont été ‘charged’ deux à trois fois sous le règlement 160 A (d) s’en sortent avec des réprimandes ou amendes alors que les Mauriciens ont eux suspendus. D’ailleurs, Segeon fait deux fautes semblables lors de la 2e (Baritone) et 3e journée (Bear Hug). Il paye deux amendes de Rs 20 000. Avait-il en ‘clean record’? On le répète…et si Strydom avait commis cette faute sur Red Indy lors d’une autre journée…aurait-il été suspendu?

Voici les extraits des rapports des Racing Stewards concernant les sanctions sous le règlement 160 A (d) depuis le début de la saison

  1. On inquiry, jockey Boutanive (Beretta Bobcat) pleaded guilty to a charge under MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that approaching the 1200 metres he failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not interfere with Al Hamd on his inside. In mitigation, jockey Boutanive asked for a suspension in lieu of a fine. He was suspended from riding in one race reserved for Mauritian riders. – 1st meeting
  2. On inquiry, jockey Ségeon (Baritone) pleaded guilty to a charge under MTC Rule 160 A (d) for failing to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not interfere with Dream Forest. He was fined Rs.20,000. – 2nd meeting
  3. On inquiry, jockey Holland (Hit The Green) pleaded guilty to a charge under MTC Rule 160 A (d) for failing to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not interfere with another runner in that near the 750 metres he allowed his mount to shift in, brushing Duffield with the latter then shifting in, bumping Zenzero, which was hanging in with Zenzero shifting in and bumping Artax. He was fined Rs.20,000. – 3rd meeting
  4. On inquiry, jockey Bussunt (Duffield) pleaded guilty to a charge under MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that approaching the 300 metres he failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not interfere with Watch Me Dad with the latter being taken in onto Plain Of Wisdom with the latter running out of galloping room and having to be checked. In mitigation, jockey Bussunt asked for a suspension in lieu of a fine, he was therefore suspended from riding in races for one Mauritian race meeting. – 3rd meeting
  5. On inquiry, jockey Chisty (Zen Master) pleaded guilty to a charge under MTC Rule 160 A (d) for failing to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not interfere with Trojan Quest in that when his mount started shifting ground near the 150 metres, he failed to straighten it but instead used the whip on two occasions, carrying Trojan Quest outwards. He was fined Rs.20,000. – 3rd meeting
  6. On inquiry, jockey Horil (Bonnie Prince) pleaded guilty to a charge under MTC Rule 160 A (d) for failing to take the necessary steps to ensure that near the 150 metres his mount did not intimidate Ernie, resulting in the latter being inconvenienced and its rider having to stop riding for one stride. He was suspended from riding in races for one Mauritian race meeting, this suspension to run concurrently with the one incurred in race 4 – 3rd meeting
  7. On inquiry, jockey Ségeon (Bear Hug) pleaded guilty to a charge under MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that over the concluding stages he failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not cross Iron Wolf, resulting in the latter having to be eased. He was fined Rs.20,000. – 3rd meeting
  8. On inquiry, jockey Reis (Manetheren) pleaded guilty to a charge under MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that approaching the 1300 metres he failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not shift in and interfere with Patrol Officer, with the latter being cramped for room. He was fined Rs.20,000 – 7th meeting
  9. On inquiry, jockey Juglall (Top Of The Rock) pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that near the 250 metres he angled his mount outwards and jostled Edisson with the latter becoming unbalanced. He was fined Rs.20,000. -7th meeting
  10. On inquiry, jockey Holland (Pop The Question) pleaded guilty to a breach of MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that near the 150 metres, he failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that he did not jostle Student Grant in that he angled his mount inwards and forced his way into a tight gap between Anton Ruskin and Student Grant, jostling the latter on several occasions, with Student Grant becoming unbalanced. He was fined Rs 25,000. -9th meeting
  11. On inquiry, jockey Reis (Gordonstoun) pleaded guilty to a breach of MTC Rule 160 A (d) for failing to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not interfere with another runner in that near the 200 metres, he took his mount abruptly inwards, resulting in Torpedo Officer (D.Holland) being cramped for room and having to momentarily ease his mount. He was fined Rs 25,000. -9th meeting
  12. On inquiry, jockey David (Ku Du Tu) pleaded guilty to a charge under MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that he failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that he did not cross Manetheren near the 1300 metres, resulting in the latter having to go out to avoid its heels. He was fined Rs.20,000. – 11th meeting
  13. On inquiry, jockey Gomez (From The Ashes) was severely reprimanded under MTC Rule 160 A (d) for failing to take the necessary steps near the 100 metres to ensure that his mount did not cross Promissory. – 11th meeting
  14. On inquiry, jockey Reis (Napoli) pleaded guilty to a contravention of MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that near the 1600 metres he failed to ensure that his mount did not cause interference to Desert Thief. When deliberating on penalty, the Board considered mitigating factors such as the evidence led by jockey Strydom whereby Desert Thief was momentarily crowded for room, jockey Reis’s guilty plea, that Napoli was over-racing and proved difficult to restrain. Therefore the Board imposed a penalty of a severe reprimand. – 12th meeting
  15. On inquiry, jockey Balloo (Sunset Breeze) was found guilty of a charge under MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that leaving the 1000 metres he failed to take necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not interfere with Silken Prince, resulting in the latter being cramped for galloping room, having to be eased and losing its position. In mitigation, jockey Balloo requested a suspension in lieu of a fine, he was thus suspended from riding in races for one Mauritian race meeting. – 13th meeting
  16. On inquiry, Jockey Bardottier (Master Of Spain) was found guilty of a breach of the provisions of MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that in leaving the 250 metres, he failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not shift inwards and carry (Stone Tiger) inwards, inconveniencing the latter. He was fined Rs.25,000.- 13th meeting
  17. On inquiry, apprentice Louis (Vintage Angel) pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that near the 1200 metres he failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not jostle Red Indy with the latter going in and brushing the running rail. He was suspended from riding in races for one Mauritian race meeting, this suspension to run consecutively with the one incurred in race 1. – 14th meeting
  18. On inquiry, jockey Strydom (Red Indy) was found guilty of a charge under the provisions of MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that passing the 1200 metres he angled his mount outwards and jostled Vintage Angel, resulting in the latter being carried outwards until near the 1100 metres. He was suspended from riding in races for one Mauritian race meeting. – 14th meeting
  19. On inquiry, jockey Zechner (Henry Tudor) pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of MTC Rule 160 A (d) for failing to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not cross Streetbouncer approaching the 100 metres, resulting in the latter having to be steadied and switched to the inside to continue going forward. He was fined Rs.20,000.
  20. On inquiry, jockey David (Charleston Hero) pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of MTC Rule 160 A (d) for failing to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not cross One Direction near the 75 metres, resulting in the latter becoming inconvenienced and having to be taken out to continue going forward. He was fined Rs.20,000.
  21. On inquiry, jockey David (Cool At Heart) was found guilty of a charge under the provisions of MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that approaching the 1300 metres he failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that his mount did not interfere with Black Cat Back with the latter racing tight on its inside and having to be eased. He was fined Rs.25,000.
  22. On inquiry, apprentice Louis (Antwerp) pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of MTC Rule 160 A (d) in that near the 150 metres he failed to take the necessary steps to ensure that he did not interfere with Bouclette Top, which was improving on its outside, in that when his mount shifted out, instead of putting his whip away and straightening the latter, he carried on riding it with Bouclette Top becoming inconvenienced and having to be switched to the inside of Antwerp to continue going forward. He was suspended from riding in races for one Mauritian race meeting.

Les mauvaises décisions de Nunes, les prestations des jockeys Segeon, Chisty, les fautes qui accumulent David etc…On continuera à suivre tout cela avec intérêt en espérant voir des actions plus concrètes envers nos jockeys étrangers qui continuent de faire la pluie et le beau temps sur notre hippodrome. Tout cela avec la bénédiction de certains.

Favoritisme envers les jockeys étrangers sous le règlement 160 A (d) ?