Victorian jockey charged for not giving mount full opportunity to win or place

Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards on Tuesday charged licensed jockey Cory Parish under Australian Rule of Racing (AR) 135(b) for his ride aboard Sonaree when finishing fifth, beaten 2.6 lengths, in the Jayco Maiden Plate (1000 metres) at Bendigo Racecourse on 28 February 2018.

AR135(b) states: “The rider of every horse shall take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that his horse is given full opportunity to win or obtain the best possible place in the field.”

In issuing the charge, Stewards allege that:

approaching and passing the 200 metres Mr Parish failed to take a run between Lechter and Champagne Scent that presented when there was sufficient room to do so; and/or

from the 100 metres Mr Parish made insufficient effort to shift to the outside of the heels of Lechter to obtain clear running; and/or

Mr Parish failed to ride Sonaree with sufficient vigour and purpose over the final 100 metres.

The charge issued against Mr Parish will be heard before the Victorian Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.