Racing NSW Stewards today continued an inquiry opened at Rosehill Gardens on 25 November 2017 into Blake Shinn’s riding of Star Sensation and Andrew Adkins’s riding of Burden of Proof in Race 2 (The HQ of Insurance Handicap). Further evidence today was taken from Blake Shinn.
The inquiry was initially resumed on 19 December 2017, where evidence was taken from Blake Shinn, Andrew Adkins and his master, Ron Quinton.
The inquiry on 19 December 2017 was adjourned to a date to be fixed for Racing NSW Stewards to be provided with financial and communication records. Today’s resumption was delayed due to difficulties in obtaining specific financial records the Racing NSW Stewards had requested, which were provided to Racing NSW Stewards on Monday, 5 February 2018.
After considering the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that there were no integrity concerns with regards to the wagering information and communication and financial records obtained from jockey Blake Shinn.
The Stewards advised Blake Shinn that, in their opinion, he had made an error of judgement in the early stages in that he continued to ride forward to cross Radiant Choice in the early stages, particularly in circumstances where the opportunity to take a position behind Radiant Choice was available and the relevant sectional time of the race between the 1200m and 1000m being
run at a fast tempo (10.70 seconds).
In electing not to issue a charge under the Rules of Racing, the Stewards determined that the error of judgement was not one that was culpable, however, Blake Shinn was advised that he must ride his mounts to ensure they are given full opportunity to win or obtain the best possible place in the field.
Stewards accepted the evidence of Andrew Adkins in respect to his riding of Burden of Proof.