As found in an article in the NEW STRAITS TIMES
The news of a jockey being beaten up by thugs outside the Selangor Turf
Club's (STC) premises shattered the morning silence as riders were going
through their final gallops on the eve of raceday.
Such incidents of this nature has happened again and again since racing
was introduced to the local circuit by the British but little has been
done to stop the thugs.
The racing fraternity dread the news of jockeys, trainers and officials
of the turf being attacked by them. And the Malayan Racing Association
(MRA) have done nothing other than saying that they will look into the
Are they waiting for one or two jockeys to be seriously hurt or killed
before they will provide escorts like what the Perak Turf Club (PTC) did
when things were getting out of hand at one of their meetings.
Since early this season, members of the trainers' associations on both
sides of the Causeway have been 'harassed, threatened and intimidated by
a group of thugs' and have written to the MRA of their fears about their
When the harassment, threats and intimidation were at its peak about
two months ago, several trainers said they were approached and told to
stop horses. (Stopping a horse is to prevent it from winning).
Trainers and jockeys can defy the orders of the thugs but what kind
of protection will they get from the MRA?
The talk on the circuit is that Azhar Ismail, who was beaten up on Friday,
may have defied their orders at the previous meeting.
If trainers and jockeys start to stay away from race meetings for fear
of their lives, then the number of entries would suffer and it would affect
turnover and government revenue.
The thugs have become bolder and they appear to want to take control
of racing by striking fear into the hearts of those in the industry especially
the jockeys and trainers.
Last week, the stipes concluded their inquiry into the circumstances
surrounding the performance of Weekend Raider, which ran in Ipoh
on May 3.
The stipes considered evidence from trainer Marinus can Breukelen, the
clubs veterinary surgeon Dr Rajagopal and expert evidence presented by
Drs Ray Hutchinson and K. Klein, Breukelen was found guilty to a charge
under MRA Rule 200(6).
The particulars being that Breukelen, the trainer of Weekend Raider,
raced the horse, although, investigation showed it had in its system an
excess amount of fluid, sufficient to affect the performance of that horse.
It was an offence of malpractice in relation to racing in this country
punishable under MRA Rule 200(6).
He was disqualified for six months and was granted stay of execution.
Breukelen is believed to be the second trainer in the history of local
racing to be charged under the rule.
The first was amateur trainer Leow Kee Beng who was found guilty of
fraudulent practice under the same rule and banned for two years.