One of Australia’s best-known jockey has had the book thrown at him after a “misleading” statement about his Covid-19 violation.
Jamie Kah, the world’s top female jockey, has been suspended for another two months after being found guilty of cheating a Victoria Racing Court in a move that could cost her a million dollars.
Kah was one of five horsemen to be placed on a three-month suspension after a Covid-19 breach in South Melbourne in late August.
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Kah, Ben Melham, Ethan Brown, Mark Zahra and Celine Gaudray were fined more than $ 5,000 by Victoria Police before each received a three-month suspension from Racing Victoria.
According to The sun herald, the riders attended a luxurious Airbnb vacation home with two other people after the 9 p.m. curfew in Melbourne, defying state government instructions to stay home.
The party reportedly started after a text message from Kah to Gaudray, but quickly turned into a larger gathering that broke the rules and the Covid-19 curfew.
Riders’ bans began on August 26 and will expire on November 25, meaning riders will miss the spring carnival.
However, Kah’s suspension was extended to five months on Friday after she was found guilty of providing false and misleading evidence to commissioners about the Airbnb party, a charge to which she had pleaded not guilty.
Kah had told the butlers that Gaudray, Brown, and Melham were present, but did not tell them that Zahra was there. the Herald of the sun Kah reports said she didn’t think to mention Zahra because she wasn’t sure how long she was at the meeting.
“Well, look, you never actually asked me if Mark was there and I, because of your question, when you said, ‘Who ended up being there?’ I just thought you were referring to who ended up there, I mean, you know, there were the cops who came, it was late at night and it was the people who were there, ”Kah said.
“I think he (Zahra) came over and had a few beers and there was a barbecue and I saw him briefly. But like I said, I didn’t see him go or get there, but he wasn’t there for long. “
Kah is one of Australia’s most outstanding jockeys and recently won the Scobie Breasley medal as Victoria’s best jockey. This year he accomplished the historic feat of winning 100 races in one season in Greater Victoria.
Already expected to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars, reports suggest that Kah’s prolonged suspension could now cost him roughly $ 1 million in profit. Missing out on the lucrative spring carnival will be the biggest hit for your pocket.
The 25-year-old will not be able to run again until January.
The commissioners’ published decision said Kah’s explanation for not mentioning Zahra was “far from convincing.”
Judge John Bowman said: “When you told the stewards who was present, you intentionally omitted Mr. Zahra’s name. He did not give his name until the delegates confronted him directly (August 30).
“Your evidence was that although you knew he had been on the premises, you thought the butlers were asking who had been present at a later time. We make it clear that this is an excuse that we simply do not accept. “