Rawiller Pulls a Munce and Gets Hefty Hong Kong Suspension
Will they never learn?
Nash Rawiller is the latest jockey to be warned off for having “an interest in bets on horses which he rode at race meetings.”
The three-time Sydney premiership-winning jockey has been disqualified for 15 months from his lucrative position riding in Hong Kong.
Unlike Australia, where this sort of thing can drag out for months and all sorts of legal mumbo-jumbo can be involved, the Hong Kong stewards issued two charges against Rawiller and he was stood down immediately.
The rules of the Hong Kong stewards do read like something from the deepest depths of the dictionary of legal jargon, but more succinctlystated the two rules of which Rawiller was found in violationboil down to no betting on the horse beneath the jockey.
Rawiller did not enter a plea in the proceedings. He was found guilty on both charges and the stewards released a statement that said, partially, “After having considered all of the evidence tendered at the inquiry, which included admissions made by N Rawiller, the Stewards believed that the charges as issued of having breached Rule 59 (2) and (3) should be sustained and accordingly N Rawiller was found guilty of both charges.”
The stewards went on to say that there was no direct evidence that Rawiller did any riding in Hong Kong where he did not try to get the best he could from his mount.
Rawiller was handed two 15-month suspensions, but it was ruled that the sentences would run concurrently, so he is out for 15 months, rather than the 30 that could have fell on him.
He has been racing in Hong Kong for four years and had 40 winning rides to his credit for the current season, good enough to put him in third position for the jockeys’ premiership standings.
The whole affair is eerily similar to that involving Aussie hoop Chris Munce back in 2007, who was given a 30-month prison sentence for providing racing tips in exchange for bribes from a Hong Kong businessman.