Racing Victoria Stewards have issued two charges against apprentice jockey Teodore Nugent following an inquiry into potential breaches of the Rules of Racing at a Hamilton meeting on 14 September 2020.
Mr Nugent has been issued with charges under AR 218(4) (Charge 1) and AR 232(i) (Charge 2).
AR 218 (4) states that without the permission of the Stewards, a person (including but not limited to a jockey) must not:
(a) bring into the jockeys’ room;
(b) have in that person’s possession in the jockeys’ room;
(c) use in the jockeys’ room,
a mobile telephone, tablet, radio transmitter, radio receiver or any other appliance, apparatus, instrument or equipment capable of receiving or transmitting information.
AR 232(i) states that a person must not give any evidence at an interview, investigation, inquiry, hearing and/or appeal which is false or misleading.
Provided below is a summary of the charges issued against Mr Nugent:
Charge 1: AR 218(4) No transmission of certain information in certain areas at racecourses
On 14 September 2020, Mr Nugent was engaged to ride at and attended the Hamilton Racing Club (the Meeting).
The Stewards allege that at the Meeting, without the permission of the Stewards, Mr Nugent:
- brought into his allocated Jockeys’ room a mobile telephone;
- had in his possession in his allocated Jockeys’ room a mobile telephone; and/or
- used in his allocated Jockeys’ room a mobile telephone.
Charge 2: AR 232(i) – False and/or misleading evidence
On 14 September 2020, Mr Nugent was interviewed by the Stewards regarding the location and use of his mobile telephone (the Interview). The Stewards allege that evidence provided by Mr Nugent during the Interview was false and/or misleading.
The charges will be heard by the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.