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Canterbury JC 8 February 2020 - R 3 - Chair, Mr S Ching

Created on 10 February 2020

SChing (chair)
M Hashizume-Class B Rider
D Walsh- NZTR Apprentice Jockey Mentor
Mr D Wadley - Stipendiary Steward
M Davidson- Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 3, an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr M Davidson, against Class B rider, Mr M Hashizume, in that he permitted his mount, OWEN PATRICK, to shift outwards near the 500m crowding WHO DARES WINS onto PINUP COUP with WHO DARES WINS being checked.

Rule 638(1)(d) reads as follows:

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

(d) careless”

Mr Hashizume had indicated on the Information that this breach of the Rules was admitted, which he confirmed at the hearing. He also agreed that he understood the charge and the Rule it was brought under. Mr Hashizume was assisted at the hearing by Mr D Walsh, NZTR Apprentice Jockey Mentor.

Mr Davidson, with the assistance of Stipendiary Steward, Mr Wadley, gave evidence and used video coverage to show that approaching the 500m, OWEN PATRICK, ridden by Mr Hashizume, was racing in the trail behind the leader, with WHO DARES WINS, ridden by Miss S Wynne, racing immediately outside and PINUP COUP, ridden by Mr Chowdhoory on her outside. Mr Wadley pointed out Mr Hashizume, shift out when looking for a run and not clear of Miss Wynne forcing and crowding her mount outwards onto PINUP COUP, who attempted to hold his line, and as a result Miss Wynne was jostled and crowded out of her rightful position, eventually having to check. Mr Davidson added that Miss Wynne and Mr Chowdhoory had been jostling for some time prior to this incident occurring.

Mr Hashizume stated that he did shift out to make room for his horse and this was competitive riding, but this situation was aggravated by Mr Chowdhoory, who was holding his position and putting pressure on Miss Wynne, when she was forced out.

Mr Walsh stated that this was Mr Hashizume’s first race day at Riccarton and he had explained to him that he has to be patient on this track and take his time when looking for clear running, not to force runs, as there was plenty of time to find racing room. He added that Mr Hashizume just got a little impatient and forced a run, causing the interference.


As Mr Hashizume had admitted that breach the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Davidson stated that Mr Hashizume’s record showed a 7-day suspension for a mid-range breach at Auckland on 26 December 2019. He stated that this breach was low to mid and the aggravating factor was that Mr Hashizume went on to win the race. He added that Mr Hashizume’s statistics showed that to date this season he had 29 race day rides and that there was some contribution to the incident by Mr Chowdhoory.

Mr Hashizume elected to make no submissions on penalty. Mr Walsh stated that Mr Hashizume was still a relatively inexperienced apprentice rider. He asked the Committee to take into consideration that Miss Wynne and Mr Chowdhoory were jostling for quite some time before Mr Hashizume became involved with the incident.

Mr Hashizume requested a deferment until Saturday 15 February at Auckland, as he had engagements at that meeting.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide provides a starting point of a 6 National day suspension for a low -range breach of this rule. We assessed this breach as low to mid and therefore adopted a 7-day starting point. We agree there was an aggravating factor to consider, being the fact that Mr Hashizume went on to win the race, therefore an uplift in penalty was warranted. This uplift we set at 1 day. Taking into consideration, Mr Hashizume’s record showing only 1 breach over the previous 12 months and his relative inexperience, we determined, in this case, that we would treat his record as a neutral factor. There are however mitigating factors to consider being Mr Hashizume’s’s frank admission of the breach for which a discount is afforded. This discount we set at 1 day.

We therefore determined that a 7 National Day suspension was an appropriate penalty in this case.

Mr Hashizume’s application for a deferment for 7 days until 15 February 2020 is granted.


Accordingly, Mr Hashizume’s Class B Jockeys licence is suspended from the conclusion of racing Saturday 15 February up to and including 23 February 2020.

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