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Avondale JC 20 March 2020 - R 4 (request for a ruling) - Chair, Mr G Jones

Created on 23 March 2020

Committee:
GJones (chair)
ADooley
Stipendiary Steward(s):
Mr A Coles - Stipendiary Steward
Name(s):
Ms D Johnson, Ms L Richards (representing the trainer of CONFECTIONERY), Mr T McGovern (starter), Mr M Williamson (Senior Stipendiary Steward)
Information Number:
A11298
Evidence:

Following the running of Race 4, Mr A Coles, lodged an Information requesting a ruling in relation to Rule 632 to establish whether CONFECTIONERY was denied a fair start.

Rule 632 provides “If, in the opinion of the Judicial Committee, a horse which does not finish in the first three placing’s was prevented from taking an effective part in a race owing to the mechanical failure of starting stalls, or is denied a fair start and such occurrence materially prejudiced the chances of that horse (but not where the horse is slow away of its own accord), the Judicial Committee may declare such horse to be a non-starter.”

Submission For Decision:

Mr Williamson demonstrated the start of the race. He said that CONFECTIONERY was unsettled and a Barrier Attendant had hold of its head when the gates opened. He submitted that the horse should be declared a non-starter.

Mr McGovern reviewed the film and said that although CONFECTIONERY was standing still when the gates opened it was clear the attendant had a hold of its head. He accepted the horse was denied a fair start.

Ms Johnson submitted that CONFECTIONERY was denied a fair start because the Barrier Attendant had a hold of the horse’s head when the gates opened.

Ms Richards had nothing further to add.

Reasons For Decision:

Having carefully considered the submissions and following the review of the video footage the Committee established that CONFECTIONERY did not finish in the first three placings and was prevented from taking an effective part in the start of the race. This was due to the Barrier Attendant having hold of that horse when the starter released the field and as a result its chances were materially prejudiced. This was clearly evidenced by the video footage which showed that CONFECTIONERY lost several lengths whilst being held by the Barrier Attendant. Accordingly, under the provisions of the Rule the Committee was of the opinion that CONFECTIONERY was denied a fair start.

Decision(s):

The Committee declared CONFECTIONERY to be a non-starter and we authorised payment of dividends pursuant to our decision.

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