Chatrie hit with 10-day ban, $20,000 in fines
JOCKEY Aaron Chatrie was yesterday hit hard by the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission for incidents on last Saturday's racecard as well as a riding infringement the previous week aboard BOLD AVIATOR.
Starting Saturday, the jockey will sit out 10 racedays for what the stewards last Saturday described as "ungentlemanly behaviour" after his mount, first-past-the-post WOMAN IS BOSS, was disqualified.
Chatrie was also fined a total $20,000 - slapped with a pair of 10,000 fines - one for WOMAN IS BOSS and the other for the previous Saturday when he also had his number taken down after passing the post in front astride 9-1 outsider BOLD AVIATOR.
Unless Chatrie wins an appeal, he will not return to the saddle until Heroes Day, Monday, October 19.
A source close to the jockey said he had expected the worst.
"I knew he would have got some days. I was 80 per cent sure, based on what I was hearing around the track," he said.
Chatrie was stood down from his last two mounts Saturday, deemed "a danger to himself and others" and "was in no condition to continue riding" for the remainder of the racemeet, the stewards reported.
"We could not send him back out there," said operation steward Eustace Williams, explaining the panel's reason to stand him down for his two remaining rides on the 10-race card - SEEKING HOPE in the eighth event and STAMP OF AUTHORITY in the nightpan.
"He was in no condition to continue riding," steward Haldene Johansen added.