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Auckland RC 24 January 2016 - R 6 - Chair, Mr A Dooley

Created on 02 February 2016

ADooley (chair)
Mr R Norvall - Rider of NEALA
Mr A Coles - Stipendiary Steward
Mr J Oatham - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of race 6, Hallmark Stud Mile, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638 (1)(d).The Informant, Mr Oatham, alleged that near the 1400metres Mr Norvall allowed his mount NEALA to shift in when not sufficiently clear of LUCKY SWEEP (S Spratt) and SPAWN OF ELAIA (S Collett) which were both checked.

Mr Norvall 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 Coles demonstrated on the video films that 200 metres after the start Mr Norvall shifted in on an acute angle when not the required distance clear of LUCKY SWEEP and SPAWN OF ELAIA. He said Ms Spratt was dictated in onto Ms Collett’s mount and stated the incident cost both horses 2 to 3 lengths. He added that Mr Norvall did make an attempt to straighten his mount but this was too late.

Mr Norvall said the films were self-explanatory and admitted that he reacted too late to avoid the interference.


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

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham produced Mr Norvall’s record which showed 2 previous breaches under this Rule in the last 12 months the most recent being 16 December which incurred a 3 day suspension. He said Mr Norvall had a good record and described the level of carelessness as low end. He said Mr Norvall misjudged the situation and submitted a suspension at the low end.

Mr Oatham submitted that Mr Norvall would travel to the Central Region if given the opportunity.

Mr Norvall advised the Committee that any proposed suspension could start immediately and added that he was struggling to get 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 Norvall’s admission of the breach and his good record in relation to this Rule for which he has been given credit. However, this has to be balanced against the consequences of Mr Norvall’s actions. We assess the level of carelessness as mid – range because Mr Norvall was only a bare length clear when allowing his mount to shift in. This resulted in 2 horses being checked which cost them both approximately 3 lengths we consider this to be a clear aggravating fact. We also note the stake for the race was $50,000.

The Committee accepts that Mr Norvall has limited riding opportunities and he has on occasions travelled to the Central Region when required. The Committee reminded Mr Norvall that to have these dates included in any future penalty he would need to be able to demonstrate a more regular riding pattern in that region.

After taking into account all the above factors the Committee considers an appropriate suspension was 5 days.


Accordingly, Mr Norvall had his license to ride in races suspended for a period to commence after racing on 24 January and conclude after racing on 5 February 2016 (5 days).

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