It is believed that disqualified Australian jockey Nash Rawiller has been allowed to leave Hong Kong and return to Australia for the first time since he was prevented from leaving the city on April 25th, 2018.
Rawiller had been disqualfied that day by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for a total period of fifteen months to expire on 25 July 2019, for breaches of the Rules of Racing prohibiting a jockey from having an interest in a bet (Rule 59(3)) and from receiving a benefit for providing tips (Rule 59(2)).
The particulars of the charge were that on diverse occasions whilst licensed as a Jockey by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Rawiller had an interest in bets on horses which he rode at race meetings conducted by the Club, such bets being facilitated by people known to him.
Rule of Racing 59 (2) states:-
“No jockey shall:-
Accept or agree to any pecuniary or other gift or other consideration in connection with any race in which he rides or is to ride except from the nominator of the horse he rides or is to ride in such race without the consent of such nominator.”
Rule of Racing 59 (3) states:-
“No jockey shall:-
Bet or facilitate the making of a bet or have any interest in a bet on any race or any contingency relating to a race meeting.”
“The Club’s handling of this matter demonstrates the expert nature and strength of the Club’s systems for the prevention and detection of breaches of the Rules of Racing, and our unwavering resolve to ensure the highest standards of the integrity in Hong Kong racing,” said Andrew Harding, Executive Director, Racing, at the time of the disqualification.
Rawiller was prevented from leaving Hong Kong in the following months to be interviewed by Hong Kong officials of the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Coruption regarding the disqualification and the people who may have facilitated the bets for him. No charges were laid against Rawiller.
Rawiller was due to ride Mr Stunning in the HK$16m, Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) at Sha Tin the following Sunday, the same horse that he won his first Hong Kong Group 1 victory on in last December’s Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint over 1200m. He was replaced by Sam Clipperton who subsequently was second in the race.
Rawllier at the time of his disqualification was third on the Hong Kong jockey’s premiership table behind Joao Moreira and Zac Purton with 40 winners for the season earning stakes of HK$58.4 million.
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Nash Rawiller with Mr Stunning, picture Liesl King