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Pacaya and JP van der Merwe flash up to catch an unsuspecting Joshwin Solomons on Quasiforsure, an indiscretion which earned Solomons a three month suspension (pciture: Wayne Marks) 

 

In two separate incidents Apprentice Joshwin Solomons has been suspended for three months and Ryan Munger has been suspended for ten days.

The Sporting Post reported on the Joshwin Solomons incident, in which he appeared to cost the Peter Muscutt-trained Quasiforsure victory on Saturday in the Gordon’s Gin Listed Jet Master Stakes by stopping riding a good ten metres before the line.

The Sporting Post wrote:

In a sequel to the dramatic finish to the Gordon’s Gin Listed Jet Master Stakes at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday, jockey Joshwin Solomons will serve a three month suspension after failing to ride the pacemaker Quasiforsure out to the end of the feature.

The 21 year old Solomons, a son of established local jockey Morne Winnaar,  was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.3 in that he failed to ride Peter Muscutt’s Quasiforsure out to the end of the race, thereby costing his mount first place.
 
He signed an Admission of Guilt and has been suspended from riding in races for a period of 90 days. The dates of his suspension will be 8 March 2023 to 5 June 2023, inclusive.
 
When assessing the penalty the Stewards reportedly considered the degree of negligence, the status of the race, the prejudice to the owners regarding the difference in stake money between the winner and the second placing and the negative effect to the reputation of the sport of horseracing.
 
 
Furthermore, they gave consideration to the mitigatory points, namely the manner in which Solomons conducted himself during the line of questioning surrounding this matter, his plea of guilty to the charge, and the remorse that he showed following this incident.
 
The reaction from the industry was very sympathetic to Solomons in the aftermath, with some questioning the potential absence of guidance and mentorship for young jockeys.
 
In a chat with the Sporting Post on Thursday morning, Solomons said he appreciated the support from so many and apologised  to those stakeholders who had been prejudiced by his error.
 
“I know a made a terrible mistake and I am sorry. I understand why I need to be punished. I have learnt a lesson but have also seen how many kind and supportive people there are in racing,” he added.
 
Solomons said that he would be staying in the Cape and would be riding work to maintain his fitness while serving out his suspension.
 
The Manenberg-born rider, who is sponsored by Chase Liebenberg Photography, joined the SA Jockey Academy in 2018 and rode his first winner for recently retired trainer Dennis Drier on Dune Dance at Hollywoodbets Greyville on 6 November 2019.
 
He was crowned Cape Apprentice Jockey Of The Year in 2022.
 

He has ridden 81 career winners to date.   

Munger

The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Johannesburg on Thursday, 2 March 2023, Jockey R Munger was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.2. 

The particulars being that he rode PRIME EXAMPLE in an unprofessional manner by striking Jockey M Yeni with his crop at the 300m in Race 6 at the Vaal Racecourse on 9 February 2023.

Jockey Munger pleaded not guilty but was found guilty of the charge. 

In determining penalty, the Stewards considered the evidence presented and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of ten (10) days. 

Jockey Munger was given the right of Appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed. 

Furthermore, following another incident in the same event, Jockey Munger was charged with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop) in that he misused his crop by striking PRIME EXAMPLE more than twelve times in the entire race. Jockey Munger elected to sign an Admission of Guilt and a fine of R 2,500.00 was imposed.

When assessing penalty, the Stewards took into consideration the number of times the crop was used (15), his finishing position and Jockey Munger’s recent record with regards to this Rule and Guideline.