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Canterbury JC 8 August 2018 - R 3 (request for a ruling) - Chair, Mr S Ching

Created on 10 August 2018

Rules:
632(1)
Committee:
SChing (chair)
DAnderson
Stipendiary Steward(s):
Mr J M McLaughlin - Stipendiary Steward
Name(s):
Information Number:
A8178
Evidence:

Following the running of Race 3, the Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge Steeplechase, an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr J McLaughlin, requesting a Ruling under Rule 632(1) as to whether HIGHLY LIKELY, ridden by Mr D Jensen, should be declared a non-starter due to being denied a fair start.

Rule 632 (1) provides as follows:

If, in the opinion of the Judicial Committee, a horse which does not finish in the first three placings was prevented from taking an effective part in a Race owing to the mechanical failure of starting stalls, or is denied a fair start and such occurrence materially prejudiced the chances of that horse (but not where the horse is slow away of its own accord), the Judicial Committee may declare such horse to be a non-starter.

Submission For Decision:

Mr McLaughlin explained that due to the unavailability of the starting gates, because of a hydraulic issue, the start of the race was delayed and changed to a flag start. Mr McLaughlin showed relevant video replays of the start of the race, a 3200 metres steeplechase event. He pointed out HIGHLY LIKELY, very fractious and turning in circles behind the formation of the starting line. Mr McLaughlin showed that as the start line was being formed just prior to the start being declared, HIGHLY LIKELY was still fractious, turning in circles and refusing to come up to the line despite assistance from the starting attendants and the urging of Mr Jensen. The start was declared with HIGHLY LIKELY still acting in a fractious manner, refusing to move forward and several lengths behind the start line.

Mr McLaughlin stated that HIGHLY LIKELY was denied a fair start and submitted that the horse be declared a non-starter.

Reasons For Decision:

The Committee was satisfied that HIGHLY LIKELY was several lengths behind the start line and refusing to move forward to take up its position at the start when the start was declared. We were also satisfied that this occurrence materially prejudiced the horse’s chances and therefore determined that HIGHLY LIKELY was denied a fair start.

Decision(s):

The Committee ruled that HIGHLY LIKELY was denied a fair start and ordered that the horse be declared a non-starter.

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