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Canterbury JC 22 September 2018 - R 11 - Chair, Mr S Ching

Created on 26 September 2018

SChing (chair)
J Laking-Class A Rider
Mr J McLaughlin - Stipendiary Steward
M Davidson- Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Alleged breach of Rule 638(1)(d)-Careless riding

Following the running of Race 11, the Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge Rating 72, an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr M Davidson, against Class A Rider, Mr J Laking, alleging careless riding in that he directed his mount DIRECTOR outwards near the 350m causing crowding to SAVASON, ridden by Miss B Grylls and OPIHI RANGER, ridden by Miss J Fawcett.

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

(d) careless”

Mr Laking had indicated on the Information that this breach of the Rules was admitted, which he confirmed at the hearing. Mr Laking also agreed that he understood the charge and the Rule it was brought under.

Mr Davidson, with the assistance of Stipendiary Steward, Mr J McLaughlin, gave evidence and used video coverage to show that nearing the 350m, DIRECTOR, ridden by Mr Laking, was racing midfield with no clear racing room to improve. Mr McLaughlin pointed out on the replays, Mr Laking, direct his mount outwards when there was not sufficient room to do so, crowding the 2 outside runners, SAVASON and OPIHI RANGER pushing them off their rightful line of running. Mr McLaughlin said that Mr Laking was only ¾ of a length forward of the outside 2 runners when forcing his way out.

Mr Laking stated that he was travelling pretty good and did not think that he had interfered with anyone. He said he knew he had touched them but did not realise he had come out as far as he had. He agreed he had made room for himself and chanced getting out without incident.


As Mr Laking had admitted the breach, the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Davidson stated that Mr Laking’s record showed 2 suspensions over the previous 12 months being at Riccarton 15 February 2018 where he received 7 National days and Ashburton on 4 May where he received an 8 National day suspension. He stated that the breach was low-range with consequences not high, but Mr Laking has forced his mount out and taken 2 horses off their rightful line. Mr Davidson said the JCA Penalty Guide provides a 6 National day starting point for a low-range breach and submitted that a suspension commensurate with that starting point be considered as penalty in this case.

Deferment was discussed with Mr Laking who requested any suspension begin as soon as possible.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide starting point for a low-range breach of this rule is a 6 National day suspension. The Committee, agreed with the Stewards and assessed this breach as low-range, determining that a 6-day starting point was appropriate. The aggravating factor to consider was Mr Laking’s penalty record which showed 2 breaches earlier this year which, we considered, warranted an uplift in penalty. This uplift we set at 1 day. We were however able to afford Mr Laking a discount for his frank admission of the breach which we set at 1 day. We therefore determined that a 6 National-day suspension was an appropriate penalty in this case.


Mr Laking’s Class A Jockeys licence is suspended from the conclusion of racing 22 September up to and including 3 October 2018.

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