By Jon Lees
Australia: A jockey who was handed a 12-month disqualification after he was accused of kicking a horse at the stalls has had the verdict quashed.
Chris McIver, 33, was found guilty of misconduct in February by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) before a race at Rockhampton.
But an internal review of the case by QRIC, conducted following an appeal by the jockey, found McIver not guilty and has now completely set aside the original decision and McIver is free to continue riding.
At the first hearing QRIC alleged McIver, who had pleaded not guilty, had twice “forcibly stomped” on his mount but QRIC commissioner Mark Ainsworth told Punters.com.au that the original finding of guilt “was not supported on the evidence”.
According to McIver’s solicitor Peter Boyce, QRIC’s internal adjudicator Kane Ashby found: “The reviewer, in carefully considering the totality of the evidence, including the applicant’s submissions, the clarity of the footage of the alleged incident and the aforementioned factors, is not satisfied to the requisite standard that the applicant’s actions constitute misconduct.”
• Visit the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission website