Sydney apprentice Chris Williams was handed a hefty four-week suspension after admitting to lying to stewards.
Williams contacted stewards leading up to Thursday’s Wyong meeting and told cadet steward Kyle Blanch he would be unable to fulfil his engagements after being pulled over by “the police for speeding”.
When questioned by Blanch, Williams told the steward he’d been fined $1100 for speeding and other traffic infringements.
When asked to provide evidence of the fine, Williams contacted Daniel Carr, who was also officiating at the meeting and told him that they had provided false evidence and the reason for not riding at the meeting was he was overweight.
Chris Williams. Photo: Jenny Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
“I was on my way (to the meeting), I was sweating in the car,” Williams told stewards.
“I just wasn’t sweating …. and I knew when I got there I was going to cop a fine.”
Williams pleaded guilty to providing false and misleading information to stewards.
“We are of the view that the matter is a serious matter as we are anytime a person provides a false statement to stewards,” chief steward Marc Van Gestel said when handing down his penalty.
“Truth and honesty is the only way and ultimately if you continue to provide false evidence or false statements to stewards, you’ll get caught out.
“Being upfront with the stewards is the only way to be.”
Chris Williams winning at Randwick earlier this year aboard King Of Hastings. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Williams was also suspended at Friday night’s Canterbury meeting for careless riding.
The careless riding penalty starts after next Saturday’s Randwick meeting and expires on March 13, the day his four week ban starts.
Williams returns to race riding on April 10.
Originally published asChief steward: “Truth and honesty is the only way”
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