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Beriman has fine reduced by $100 after appeal

The Victoria Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Tuesday allowed an appeal by jockey Nikita Beriman over her $400 fine from Pakenham and reduced the fine to $300.

Heard By: Judge Bowman (Chair)

Appearances: Brett Wright appeared on behalf of the stewards. Matt Hyland appeared on behalf of Ms Beriman.

At Pakenham on Thursday 1 February 2018, jockey Nikita Beriman pleaded guilty to a charge under AR 137(b) which provides that:

Any rider may be penalised if: in the opinion of the stewards, (b) he fails to ride his horse out to the end of race and/or approaching the end of the race.

The charge relating to her ride on Storm Boss in Race 1 the Spendthrift Maiden Plate (1200m) at Pakenham. The particulars of the charge being that at she failed to ride the colt to the end of the race, in particular, over the final stride.

Ms Beriman was fined $400.

A Notice of Appeal against the severity of the penalty was lodged on Thursday, 1 February 2018.

DECISION: Appeal allowed.

Penalty varied to a fine of $300.
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