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Canterbury R 14 November 2018 - R 1 - Chair, Mr D Jackson

Created on 19 November 2018

DJackson (chair)
Mr J Waddell - Licensed Jockey
Class A
Mr J McLaughlin - Stipendiary Steward
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless riding

Following the running of Race 1, the Romano’s Pizza Premier, an information was filed by Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr J Oatham, against Class A Jockey, J Waddell, alleging that Mr Waddell, as the rider of SWISS MAESTRO in the race, “permitted his mount to shift ground outwards passing the 300 metres causing ABRAHAMS (S Collett) to be checked”.

Mr Waddell had endorsed the information that the breach was admitted which he confirmed at the hearing. He also confirmed that he understood the rule he was being charged with.

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 Oatham, had Mr McLaughlin demonstrate the incident by video using the front and side on views. He identified Mr Waddell and his mount SWISS MAESTRO travelling on the rail at the 300-metre mark, where Mr Waddell attempts to move SWISS MAESTRO off the rail without sufficient room and in doing so checks ABRAHAM, causing Ms Collett to gather her mount briefly.


The Charge being admitted it was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham informed the Committee that this was Mr Waddell’s fourth breach this year having been suspended on 20 January 2018, 5 October and 26 October 2018. Mr Oatham submitted that Mr Waddell’s record was a neutral factor. He described the incident as being at the low end of the scale noting Ms Collett felt her mount was travelling poorly regardless and was not truly inconvenienced. Mr Waddell had attempted to ease himself out rather than this being an abrupt movement outwards.

Mr Oatham submitted, having regard to the JCA Penalty Guidelines, that Mr Waddell be suspended for a period of 5 national riding days taking into account all factors.

Mr Waddell accepted Mr Oatham’s submissions, promised to speak to his sports psychologist about this aggression during racing (which he conceded affected his decision-making) and told the Committee that he was really disappointed with himself having just returned from suspension.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guideline suggests a starting point suspension of 6 national riding days for a breach in the low range of culpability. The Committee agrees that that is appropriate here. The Committee also agrees that Mr Waddell is entitled to credit for his admission and for his candour as to why he is making these mistakes of late. The Committee does not agree, and cannot accept, the submission made by both parties that Mr Waddell’s record is neutral. Rather, the Committee determines Mr Waddell’s record is an aggravating factor and plainly so. This is his fourth suspension for careless riding this year. Accordingly, the starting point will be increased by one day to 7 national riding days for his record, with a discount of one day then being applied for the mitigating factors identified.


Mr Waddell is suspended from riding from the conclusion of racing on the 17th November through until the conclusion of racing on the 28th November 2018. A total suspension of 6 national riding days.

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