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Jason Watson: Seven-day ban on his Noisy Night ride in Nottingham reduced to five on appeal
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An independent disciplinary panel upheld the Nottingham stewards’ decision to find Jason Watson guilty of not securing the best possible position aboard newcomer Noisy Night, who veered abruptly out of the stalls and was left 12 lengths behind. drift away from its rivals in its debut earlier this month. .
But the panel reduced its ban from seven to five days, as President Patrick James O’Mahoney called Watson’s race only “low-level damage to the integrity of the race.”
Watson was initially banned for seven days by the Nottingham stewards under rule (F) 37 for failing to make “real, timely or substantial efforts” to secure the best possible placement on board Noisy Night.
The entry level for the offense is ten days, while the recommended range of penalties is seven to 21 days, meaning the race marshals had already shown some leniency.
The case sparked a lot of controversy at the time, as many observers – including the Racing Post’s close analysis – felt that the horse had lost all chance early in the race due to its uncontrolled dive. to the left, while Watson told media he felt a victim of the stewards’ decision.
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In presenting the Watson case, Rory Mac Neice lent on what he argued was a precedent set by the panel in the case of Warren Greatrex and Gavin Sheehan’s successful appeal against the sanctions applied under the rule ( F) 37 on the electoral division of Beaufort in December 2020.
Mac Neice argued that a sensible interpretation of the rule and its related guidelines was adopted in Beaufort to allow a jockey not to persevere in a meaningful effort “once all hope is lost”.
The evidence also included an unsolicited email sent by the president of the National Trainers Federation, Rupert Arnold, to the PJA general manager, Paul Struthers, in which Watson’s conduct under the circumstances received the full support of the trainers of Flat to the board.
The BHA’s case hinged on the commissioners’ interview with Watson on the day, in which he admitted the race was indeed over after Noisy Night skipped the start.
BHA attorney Louis Weston argued that Watson decided not to persist at a very early stage and that the rule makes it clear that effort is required throughout a race and that Watson could not know what would happen to the horses in front of him.
Weston also argued – and in delivering its verdict the panel agreed – that the likelihood of reaching fourth place and getting cash prizes was irrelevant, and that there was a public interest in what a horse shows its merit and is demanded of its efforts, regardless of whether there is a realistic chance of success
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 12:08 PM, MAY 27, 2021