The Stewards today concluded their inquiry into A Badel’s riding of V CHEVALIERS in the Ping Tin Handicap which was run at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday, 6 June 2021. The inquiry was adjourned on 11 June 2021 at which time A Badel was charged with having breached Hong Kong Rule of Racing 99(2) and (6). The particulars of the charge have previously been published.
A Badel today pleaded guilty to the charge which was issued on 11 June 2021. After hearing submissions on penalty, the Stewards decided that the appropriate penalty was for his licence to ride in races to be suspended for the final 5 racemeetings of the current 2020/2021 racing season. The suspension from riding in races is to therefore commence on Sunday, 27 June 2021 and to expire on Thursday, 15 July 2021 on which day he may resume race riding. In addition, Jockey Badel was fined the sum of $240,000 in lieu of a period of suspension from riding in races incorporating 4 further racedays (9 Hong Kong racedays in total).
The evidence tendered during the inquiry by Mr K L Man, trainer of V CHEVALIERS, and Ms Chan Wing Sum, a member of the Musketeers Fraternity Syndicate, the owner of V CHEVALIERS, was accepted.