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Banks Peninsula RC 4 November 2018 - R 6 - Chair, Mr R McKenzie

Created on 06 November 2018

RMcKenzie (chair)
K Chowdhoory
Licensed Apprentice Jockey (Class B)
M M Pitman
Licensed Trainer (Class A)
D M Walsh
Apprentice Jockey Mentor
Mr D M Wadley - Stipendiary Steward
J M McLaughlin
Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 6, Mick & Melba Murfitt Memorial Rating 72, an information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr J M McLaughlin, against Licensed Apprentice Jockey (Class B), Mr K Chowdhoory, alleging a breach of Rule 638 (1)(d) in that Mr Chowdhoory, as the rider of SAVASON, “allowed his mount to shift inwards at the 50 metre mark causing XCUSES XCUSES (R J Hannam) to be checked”.

Mr Chowdhoory had signed the Statement by the Respondent on the information form indicating that he admitted the breach. He was present at the hearing of the information and he confirmed that he understood the Rule and the charge and that he admitted the charge. He was assisted at the hearing by Licensed Trainer (Class A), Mr M M Pitman.

Rule 638 provides as follows:

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

Mr McLaughlin had Mr D M Wadley, Stipendiary Steward, show video replays of the incident close to the finish of the race. Mr Wadley pointed out the relevant runners. SAVASON, ridden by Mr Chowdhoory, was running on behind the leaders inside the 100 metres. XCUSES XCUSES, ridden by Mr Hannam, which had led turning for home, was weakening on the fence.

Mr Chowdhoory improved to the outside of that runner and behind the leader, CZARISTA. Mr Wadley said that Mr Chowdhoory had then crossed over to his inside, when not sufficiently clear, and had checked Mr Hannam’s mount.

Mr Pitman submitted that Mr Chowdhoory has had very limited experience, having had only about 40 rides. Had he had more experience, he would have known to wait “that extra second”. His horse was travelling so well and was looking for a run inside the leader, he said. He had noticed that Mr Hannam’s mount was stopping and opted for a run between Mr Hannam’s mount and the leader to give his mount the best opportunity.

Mr D M Walsh, Apprentice Jockey Mentor, was given the opportunity to speak. He suggested that Mr Chowdhoory’s actions were typical of an inexperienced apprentice. He got overkeen to take the gap, but needed to wait for another stride or two. Sometimes you are going to be unlucky, he said. 


Mr Chowdhoory having admitted the breach, the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr McLaughlin told the hearing that Mr Chowdhoory has one suspension for careless riding on his record, back in April at Avondale. That was a mid-range breach for which he received a 7 days suspension, Mr McLaughlin said. Stewards saw the present breach as being low-range, for which the Penalty Guide starting point is 6 days. Mr Chowdhoory should receive credit for his admission of the breach, he said.

The Committee asked Mr Chowdhoory whether he wished to seek a deferment of suspension. After a discussion with Mr Pitman and Mr Walsh, Mr Chowdhoory indicated that he sought a deferment to enable him to fulfil engagements at Riccarton on 10 November next.

Reasons For Penalty:

This is a low-end breach of the careless riding Rule. The starting point for penalty for a low-end breach is a 6 national riding days suspension and, the Committee believes, that is the appropriate starting point in this case.

Mr Chowdhoory is entitled to a discount from that starting point for his admission of the breach and we set that discount at 1 day. Mr Chowdhoory has only been riding since April of this year. We note that he incurred a suspension for careless riding very early in his riding career (Avondale on 25 April 2018) for a breach that was deemed to be mid-range and for which he received a 7 national riding days suspension. That was more than 6 months ago and this breach is Mr Chowdhoory’s first since that time, which is to his credit, so we have treated his record as being a neutral factor.


Mr Chowdhoory’s application for a deferment of suspension is granted. His Apprentice Jockey’s Licence (Class B) is suspended for the period commencing from after the conclusion of racing on Saturday, 10 November 2018, up to and including Friday, 16 November 2018 – 5 national riding days.

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