Premature celebration leads to lengthy ban Thu, 12 Jan 2017

NZ Racing Desk

A premature victory salute has cost the Singaporean jockey Rafi Firdhaus a five-week suspension.

He had gone out to a long early lead aboard Locally Sauced in yesterday’s Hokitika Cup and then pulled up at the winning post before realising there was still a lap to go. They subsequently finished fourth, more than 30 lengths from the winner.

Firdhaus, who had ridden the previous winner Electronic Motion, was suspended until and including February 18.