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Auckland RC 16 February 2019 - R 8 - Chair, Mr A Dooley

Created on 18 February 2019

ADooley (chair)
Ms L Hemi - Rider of HEAD OFFICE
Mr A Coles - Stipendiary Steward
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of race 8, Auckland Co Op Taxis 2100, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638 (1)(d). The Informant, Mr Oatham, alleged that Ms Hemi permitted her mount to shift in near the 1800 metres when not clear causing crowding to STAR KAREN (A Calder), DELEGATE (R Myers), RIVER RUN (V Colgan) and NOCTURNAL ( J Bayliss).

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

Ms Hemi said that she understood the Rule and confirmed she admitted the breach.

Mr Coles demonstrated the incident using the available video footage. He identified that Ms Hemi was racing wide out on the track near the 1800 metres. He said that Ms Hemi allowed her mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of STAR KAREN. As a result DELEGATE, RIVER RUN and NOCTURNAL were all crowded and had to be steadied to different degrees. He said the worst affected were DELEGATE and NOCTURNAL. He added that Ms Hemi may not have been aware that STAR KAREN had moved up on her inside.

Ms Hemi accepted that she allowed her mount to shift in when insufficiently clear. She said that she was not aware that STAR KAREN was racing to her inside. She said that she tried to relieve the inward pressure but she was 2 strides too late.


As Ms Hemi admitted the breach the Committee found the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham produced Ms Hemi’s record which showed 1 previous breach under this Rule in the last 12 months. He said there were a number of runners that were crowded due to Ms Hemi’s shift inwards. He believed Ms Hemi may not have been aware that STAR KAREN was racing to her inside. He said although bad crowding occurred in mitigation it was a large field racing into a bend out of the straight and Ms Hemi tried to relieve the inward pressure. Mr Oatham described the level of carelessness as low to mid-range. He submitted that a 6 day suspension would be appropriate given Ms Hemi’s admission of the breach and her very good record.

Ms Hemi advised the Committee that any proposed suspension could start immediately as she had no engagements in the next 7 days. She had nothing further to add.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee carefully considered all the evidence and submissions presented.

When reviewing the video footage the Committee found that Ms Hemi looked to her inside on 3 occasions prior to allowing her mount to shift inwards near the 1800 metres. At the point when STAR KAREN was crowded and had to be steadied Ms Hemi was 1 length clear of that runner. As a result it was evident that the 3 horses to STAR KAREN’s inside were all crowded and checked to various degrees. The worst affected was NOCTURNAL who was racing adjacent to the running rail. We accept that Ms Hemi tried to relieve the inward pressure but it was too late as the interference had already occurred.

The Committee deemed the level of carelessness displayed by Ms Hemi was mid-range.

The JCA Penalty Guide starting point for mid-range carelessness is 8 days which was adopted.

The mitigating factors were Ms Hemi’s admission of the breach and her very good record. For these collective factors Ms Hemi was afforded a 1 day reduction in penalty.

After taking into account all the above matters the Committee considered that an appropriate suspension was 7 national riding days.


Accordingly, Ms Hemi had her license to ride in races suspended for a period to commence after racing on 16 February and conclude after racing on 28 February 2019.

The race meeting at Gisborne on 17 February was not included in the penalty as the declaration of riders had closed.

(*refer to footnote).

* On the morning of 17 February 2019 it was brought to the attention of the Judicial Committee via an email from the JCA Executive Officer, in that Ms Hemi was enquiring as to whether her dates of suspension could be amended.

Ms Hemi stated in her email: that at the time I decided to take the suspension straight away without talking to my manager about upcoming rides. I was rushing after the last race to catch my ride. On my way home from the races I contacted my manager who had informed me that he’d confirmed a ride at Matamata February 23rd. On that basis I am requesting my suspension be deferred for 7 days to allow me to ride at Matamata.

Upon further investigation Ms Hemi advised the JCA Executive Officer that her manager had taken just the 1 ride in the Rating 82 1600 metre race at Matamata on 23 February.

The Committee's view on the request is that Ms Hemi was given the opportunity to contact her manager during the race day hearing and she declined that offer. The obligation is on all riders to be fully aware of their engagements in the next 7 days. We have been provided with no exceptional circumstances or compelling reasons to deviate away from the penalty imposed on the day.

Ms Hemi was advised of this decision at noon on Sunday 17 February 2019.

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