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Auckland RC 13 December 2015 - R 7 - Chair, Mr A Dooley

Created on 15 December 2015

ADooley (chair)
Mr M Cameron - Rider of ZACADA
Mr J Oatham - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Mr M Williamson - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of race 7, BMW 3YO Salver, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638 (1)(d). The Informant, Mr Williamson, alleged that Mr Cameron angled ZACADA out approaching the 200 metres making contact with SPLENDIDO (G Cooksley) on several occasions causing interference.

Mr Cameron acknowledged that he understood the Rule and confirmed his admission of the breach.

Rule 638(1) (d) provides: A Rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Judicial Committee considers to be careless.

Mr Oatham identified that at the 400 metres Mr Cameron was looking for racing room on ZACADA. He identified that the first bump occurred early in the final straight when Mr Cameron tried to move out. He demonstrated when Mr Cameron angled out for a run at approximately the 250 metres there was clearly insufficient room to do so. He added that Mr Cameron continued to ride his mount out which unbalanced SPLENDIDO for some distance.

Mr Oatham acknowledged that PRODIGAL SON did shift in but stated this occurred after ZACADA had caused the damage to SPLENDIDO.

Mr Cameron admitted that he attempted to push SPLENDIDO out as he thought he had room to do so. He conceded after looking at the video footage again that there clearly wasn’t any room for him to come out. He identified that Mr Cooksley turned his horse's head in slightly to hold him in. He added that there was also crowding from the outside when PRODIGAL SON shifted in.


As Mr Cameron admitted the breach the Committee find the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Williamson produced Mr Cameron’s record which showed 3 previous breaches under this Rule in the last 12 months the most recent being 4th November which incurred a 4 day suspension. He said Mr Cameron was a busy rider with a reasonable record. He said Mr Cameron attempted a run that had not developed but he pursued it which resulted in SPLENDIDO being interfered with for 7 strides before PRODIGAL SON shifted in. He described the level of carelessness as mid – range or even worse and noted the incident occurred in a Listed race worth $50,000. Mr Williamson did not submit any appropriate penalty.

Mr Cameron advised that he had upcoming engagements at Matamata on 16 December, and sought a deferment to any proposed suspension. He said that he rode down south last week and was keen to travel around the country because Mrs Allpress was in front of him in the Jockeys premiership. He told the Committee that he intended to ride at Gore on 20 December because his Manager Mr Brown had a horse he owned racing at that meeting. That horse being PAINTBALL and trained by Mr K Rae. He said that he had a reasonably good record for his amount of riding and submitted that he would like to be riding at Ellerslie on 26 December as he had some key rides.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee carefully considered all the evidence and submissions presented. The Committee have adopted 5 riding days as the starting point in considering the term of suspension for this careless riding charge. The mitigating factors were Mr Cameron’s admission of the breach and his good record in relation to this Rule for which he has been given credit for.

However, this has to be balanced against the consequential effects of Mr Cameron’s actions which resulted in SPLENDIDO being badly buffeted for on several occasions. Mr Cameron carelessness was assessed as mid – range because he forced a run to the inside of SPLENDIDO when not entitled to do so. This resulted in a protest being lodged against him which was upheld. A further aggravating fact which we had regard for pursuant to rule 920(2) was the interference occurred in a Listed race worth $50,000.

Rule states: On finding a breach proved the Judicial Committee may impose any penalty provided by these Rules. In imposing a penalty provided in these Rules the Judicial Committee may have regard to such matters as it considers appropriate including:

(a) the status of the Race;

(b) the stake payable in respect of the Race;

(c) any consequential effects upon any person or horse as a result of the breach of the Rule; and/or

(d) the need to maintain integrity and public confidence in racing.

The Committee was satisfied that Mr Cameron has a recent history of riding throughout the country on Industry days. We accept that Mr Cameron was forthright regarding his intention to ride PAINTBALL.

After taking into account all the above factors the Committee considered an appropriate penalty was a 6 day suspension. However, further consideration was given to the fact that the 6th day of this suspension would result in Mr Cameron missing an Iconic meeting at Ellerslie on 26 December including a Group 1 race.

After taking into account all the above factors the Committee considers an appropriate penalty was a combination of a fine and a suspension. This approach was consistent with recent penalties imposed with similar circumstances. We also note that 19 December at Palmerston North is a Premier day.


We grant Mr Cameron’s request to seek a deferment to his suspension as per Rule 1106(2).

Accordingly, Mr Cameron had his license to ride in races suspended for a period to commence after racing on 16 December and conclude after racing on 23 December (5 days) In addition the Committee impose a $750 fine.

That period of suspension encompasses meetings at Otaki, Ashburton, Palmerston North, Gore and New Plymouth.

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