Singapore rider Chew hit with one-year suspension
Singapore: Jockey Alex Chew has been handed a one-year ban by the Singapore Turf Club for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing in a race at Kranji in June.
The incident in question concerned the ride Chew gave the John O'Hara-trained Hey Toro, and the 30-year-old jockey was found guilty of breaking MRA Rule 44(8).
Stewards found that Chew failed to ride with sufficient vigour and determination from the 400m mark to 300m from home during the race. The stewards also concluded that, over the final 300m, the Malaysian rider had “simulated the use of the whip on a number of occasions and did not make contact with his horse”.
Alongside the one-year ban, which runs to September 4 next year, Chew was fined $50,000 (£25,000/€32,000).
Chew was initially lured from Malaysia by the larger prize funds in Singapore and is in his sixth season as a jockey there, having been supported since his move by trainers Alvin Tan and Leslie Khoo, as well as O'Hara.