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Auckland RC 18 April 2015 - R 8

Created on 21 April 2015

NMcCutcheon (chair)
Mr R Hutchings - Apprentice Jockey
Mr N Harris - assisting Mr R Hutchings
Mr A Coles - Stipendiary Steward
Mr J Oatham - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 8 (Westbury Club 1200) Information No: A6890 was filed with the Judicial Committee. The Information alleged that Mr Hutchings angled his mount ELUSIVE GOLD outwards near the 300m when not sufficiently clear of SANCERRE which was forced outwards crowding FASCINATION STREET and AGENT ZITA which was checked.

All relevant films were shown and Mr Coles identified all the horses and riders involved. He said that Mr Hutchings did not have a run directly ahead, then turned his horse’s head outwards, came out and pushed Mr Innes’ mount SANSERRE out wider, which caused crowding to FASCINATION STREET with AGENT ZITA having to check. Mr Coles added that AAJA NACHLE contributed slightly as it shifted out a little after Mr Hutchings had angled out.

Mr Hutchings said that he had admitted the breach but that the slight movement by AAJA NACHLE made the incident look worse. Mr Harris said that Rory was not aware of other horses outside of him apart from Mr Innes’ horse.


Due to the charge being admitted it was found to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham said that Mr Hutchings' record showed that he had had two suspensions in the last 12 months, the latest being on 30 January 2015 when a four day suspension was imposed. Mr Oatham said that Mr Hutchings was a clear leader on the Apprentice Table, was a busy rider, had a good record and had admitted the breach. He added that in his view the carelessness was in the low to mid-range, but said that Mr Hutchings was not entitled to shift when he did.

Mr Hutchings said that his record was very good for the amount of rides he had had, that it was an error of judgment and that it (the carelessness) would have been at the very low end if Mr Cameron’s mount AAJA NACHLE had not moved.

Mr Harris said that Mr Hutchings is now an experienced rider and that what occurred was not intentional and that he (Mr Hutchings) did not know that AGENT ZITA was racing on the outside.

Mr Hutchings said that he would like any suspension imposed to commence after racing on 25 April. He said that he would then be riding at all meetings including Riverton. When questioned by the Chair as to who he would be riding for at Riverton he said that he would be riding for Claire and Hec Anderton.

Mr A Rodley, Agent for Mr Hutchings, was asked to appear before the committee. Mr Rodley advised the committee of Mr Hutchings upcoming commitments, but said that he did not have any commitments or intention to ride at Riverton. He added that he had intended riding at the Marlborough meeting but not at Riverton.

Reasons For Penalty:

The committee took into account Mr Hutchings' very good record considering the number of raceday rides he had had during the past season, the admission of the breach and that the carelessness was in the low to mid-range. The committee adopted a starting point of 5 days suspension and after taking into account the mitigating factors it was determined that a 4 riding day suspension was an appropriate penalty.


Mr Hutchings' Apprentice Jockey’s Licence was suspended from the close of racing on 25 April 2015 up to and including all racing on 1 May 2015 (4 days).

The 4 days being:

26 April Marlborough
27 April Avondale
29 April Te Aroha
1 May Otaki

(The committee did not take the Riverton Meeting into account due to the advice of Mr Hutchings' Agent that there was no intention of him riding at that meeting).

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