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Avondale JC 25 April 2016 - R 7 - Chair, Mr A Dooley

Created on 26 April 2016

ADooley (chair)
Ms S Spratt - Licensed Jockey
Mr J Oatham - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Mr A Coles - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of race 7, Precinct Reality 1400, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638 (1)(d). The Informant, Mr Coles, alleged that Ms Spratt permitted her mount NOVELTY to shift outwards when not sufficiently clear causing a check to THEIA near the 400 metres then continuing to shift outwards making solid contact with ESPRIT DE CORPS.

Ms Spratt acknowledged that she understood the Rule and confirmed her 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 Davidson identified that near the 400 metres Ms Spratt allowed her mount to shift out when not the required distance clear of THEIA which meant Ms Collett had to take a hold of her mount. He showed that Ms Spratt continued to permit her mount to shift ground outwards making solid contact with ESPRIT DE CORPS which became badly unbalanced losing ground.

Ms Spratt admitted that she was careless when shifting out but believed her mount over reacted to the incident.


As Ms Spratt admitted the breach the Committee find the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Coles produced Ms Spratt’s record which showed 5 previous breaches under this Rule in the last 12 months, the most recent being in March which incurred a 4 day suspension. He said Ms Spratt had an average record and submitted a 5 day suspension. He added that Ms Spratt was forthright with the Stewards when admitting the breach.

Ms Spratt advised that she had upcoming engagements at Te Rapa on 30 April, and sought a deferment to any proposed suspension.

The Committee asked Ms Spratt if she had a recent history of riding midweek in the Central Districts. Ms Spratt said that she had ridden at a few midweek meetings however Mr Oatham was unable to provide examples to support this fact. Mr Oatham informed the Committee that Ms Spratt had ridden 4 times in the Central Districts this year but specified none of them were on Industry days. Ms Spratt when given the opportunity was unable to provide any examples to the contrary.

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 only mitigating fact was Ms Spratt's admission of the breach for which she has been given credit. The level of carelessness was low to mid – range and we consider Ms Spratt's record to be only fair and an aggravating fact.

Ms Spratt did not challenge that she had no recent history of riding in the Central Districts on Industry days and she acknowledged the consequences of that. Therefore these dates were not included in her penalty.

The Committee did consider imposing a 6 day suspension but had regard for the fact that Ms Spratt will miss riding at a Premier 2 meeting at Rotorua. The particulars of this breach did not warrant a suspension / fine combination.

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


We grant Ms Spratt's request to seek a deferment to her suspension as per Rule 1106(2).

Accordingly, Ms Spratt had her license to ride in races suspended for a period to commence after racing on 30 April and conclude after racing on 14 May 2016 (5 days).

The meetings involved in this suspension are:

Matamata 4 May

Counties 6 May

Te Rapa or Christchurch 7 May

Te Awamutu 11 May

Rotorua 14 May

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