At the Happy Valley racemeeting conducted last night, Jockey T Piccone pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding and was suspended from riding in races for a period to commence on Sunday, 28 March 2021 and to expire on Thursday, 1 April 2021 on which day he may resume race riding. During this period, two Hong Kong racemeetings are scheduled to be conducted. Jockey Piccone requested during the inquiry that the Racing Stewards defer the commencement date of the suspension until after Wednesday, 24 March 2021.
Jockey Piccone informed the Racing Stewards this morning that he neglected to advise last night that he had tentatively accepted race riding engagements for racemeetings during this period of his suspension.
As the Racing Stewards would have permitted Jockey Piccone to fulfil these race riding engagements had they been made aware of the commitments when ruling on the period of suspension, the commencement date of the suspension would have been such that allowed Jockey Piccone to fulfil those race riding engagements.
It has therefore been decided that Jockey Piccone’s period of suspension from riding in races is now to commence on Thursday, 8 April 2021 and to expire on Monday, 12 April 2021 on which day he may resume race riding. Two Hong Kong racemeetings will be held during the revised period of suspension which is consistent with the previous ruling.