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Canterbury JC 14 November 2020 - R 11 - Chair, Mr R McKenzie

Created on 01 December 2020

RMcKenzie (chair)
Mr L Callaway - Licensed Jockey (Class A)
Mr NG McIntyre - Manager of Stewards
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Mr JP Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 11, Teltrac Premier, an Information was filed by Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr JP Oatham, against Licensed Jockey (Class A), Mr L Callaway, alleging that Mr Callaway, as the rider of YING RESOLUTE in the race, “permitted his mount to shift outwards near the 350 metres crowding WHERO (DR Bothamley) outwards onto SHAKER (JR Lowry)”.

Mr Callaway was present at the hearing of the Information and he indicated that he admitted the breach.

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 Oatham had Manager of Stewards, Mr NG McIntyre, show video replays of the incident with approximately 350 metres to race. He pointed out YING RESOLUTE, ridden by Mr Callaway, racing mid-field among horses. Immediately to his outer was WHERO, ridden by Mr Bothamley, and to his outside was SHAKER, ridden by Mr Lowry. He then pointed out Mr Callaway, looking for a run, angle his mount outwards which resulted in Mr Bothamley being sandwiched between Mr Callaway and Mr Lowry, whose mount was buffeted. Mr Callaway was never clear of Mr Bothamley to enable him to shift out. Mr Bothamley’s mount recovered, made up significant ground, and went on to finish 4th in the race, beaten by the margin of a nose for 3rd placing, Mr McIntyre said. He submitted that Mr Bothamley may have finished 3rd, but for the interference received.

Mr Callaway said that his mount had come out when he struck it once with the whip. He had not deliberately angled out. He had room in front of him to improve, he said. The horses touched and, he submitted, it looked worse than it was. After using the whip, he had put both hands back on the reins and stopped riding it in an attempt to straighten his mount. He accepted that he had caused interference to Mr Bothamley’s mount and possibly cost it a higher placing.

Mr Oatham said that the carelessness was in the low-to-mid range. It was not a great shift and, when the horses made contact, it probably made it look a little worse than it was. However, Mr Callaway had allowed his mount to shift out at that point of the race, he said.


Mr Callaway having admitted the charge, it was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham said that Mr Callaway has had two careless riding breaches in the last 12 months – 29 February at Wingatui, 7 days for a mid-range breach and at Riccarton on 3 October (44 rides ago), 6 days for a mid-to-low breach. His record could be regarded as neutral, Mr Oatham said. Stewards believed that the interference had cost Mr Bothamley’s mount a higher placing and this was an aggravating factor. A suspension in the low-to-mid range would be appropriate, Mr Oatham submitted. Mr Callaway should also receive credit for his admission of the breach.

Mr Davidson added that Mr Callaway has had over 200 rides in the last 12 months.

Mr Callaway initially said that he had riding engagements at the Invercargill on 18 November that he could get out of. He undertook to follow this up while the Committee was deliberating on penalty. Upon returning to the hearing room, Mr Callaway told the Committee that he did require a deferment until after that meeting.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee found the breach to be mid-range, accepting that the interference to Mr Bothamley’s mount, likely costing it a higher placing, was an aggravating factor. That led to a starting point of an 8 national riding days suspension. We accept his riding record to be a neutral factor. Mr Callaway is entitled to a discount for his admission of the breach, which discount we fix at 1 day.


Mr Callaway’s application for a deferment of suspension is granted. His Jockey Licence (Class A) is suspended from after the close of racing on 18 November 2020 up to and including 29 November 2020 – 7 national riding days.

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