(The Starting Gates were placed at 1450 Metres instead of 1400 Metres.)
Approaching 1200 metres, WEIZHOU (S.Sunil) became keen due to SIACHEN (C.Ruzaan) coming abreast with him on its inside and was steadied and eased off the heels of STAR TRAINER (R.Hughes) and shifted out and made contact with ANCIENT WONDER (David Allan) who was inconvenienced.
Travelling some distance further, HATSUHANA (Malcolm Kharadi) shifted in, due to which, in anticipation BEAUTIFUL STRANGER (C.S.Jodha) shifted in and tightened WEIZHOU (S.Sunil) who in turn hampered the running of SIACHEN (C.Ruzaan).
At the behest of the Stipendiary Stewards, a Stewards Enquiry was held in this race. The reason being, about 150 metres after the jump ELIZABETH (S.Zervan) slightly shifted in and to maintain his position Jockey R.Hughes (STAR TRAINER, placed second) went in and took the rails. Further, Jockey R.Hughes pushed Jockey S.Zervan with his elbow and pushed him out. As such, Jockey R.Hughes was reported for Foul Riding.
After considering the submissions made by the Jockeys concerned, in conjunction with that of the Stipendiary Stewards and relying on their judgment, the Stewards decided to disqualify STAR TRAINER (placed send) for foul riding and revised the order of placing of the race as under :-
ANCIENT WONDER - FIRST;
PORTRUSH - SECOND;
HATSUHANA - THIRD;
BEAUTIFUL STRANGER - FOURTH,
The Stewards after the last race interviewed Jockey R.Hughes in the above connection. Having heard the submissions made and having viewed the video recording of the race, the Stewards were not satisfied with the explanation tendered by Jockey R.Hughes and held him guilty of Foul Riding on his mount STAR TRAINER. However, before taking a decision in the matter, the Stewards wished to give Jockey R.Hughes one more opportunity to defend himself and hence adjourned the hearing to Thursday, 5th January, 2012. The Stipendiary Stewards were directed to issue a letter to Jockey R.Hughes to show cause in writing as to why necessary/appropriate action should not be taken against him by the Stewards of the Club for foul riding and also to appear before the Stewards of the Club after the last race on Thursday, 5th January, 2012.
After the race, STAR FUTURE was found to be sore by the right fore leg. The gelding are has to be passed fit by the Club’s VO before next accepting to race.
After the race, SIACHEN and HATSUHANA (examined on 02/01/2012) were found to be sound.