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Canterbury R 2 December 2016 - R 6 - Chair, Mr S Ching

Created on 06 December 2016

SChing (chair)
Ms A Collett - Class A Rider
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Mr J McLaughlin - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 9, the Mike Pero Mortgages Open, an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr J McLaughlin, against Class A Rider, Miss A Collett, the rider of RIDING SHOTGUN, alleging careless riding near the 200m, in that she allowed her mount to shift outwards buffeting and forcing KINAGAT, ridden by Miss S Wynne, over extra ground.

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”

Miss Collett had indicated on the Information that this breach of the Rules was admitted and she confirmed this at the hearing. Ms Collett also agreed that she understood the charge and the Rule it was brought under.

Mr McLaughlin, with the assistance of Stipendiary Steward, Mr M Davidson, gave evidence and used video coverage to show that approaching the 200m, RIDING SHOTGUN, ridden by Miss A Collett, was racing approximately 7 off the rail with KINAGAT, ridden by Miss S Wynne on its outer, approximately ¾ of a length behind. RIDING SHOTGUN was laying out at this point and shifted outwards quickly when being ridden out, shifting into the line of and making firm contact with KINAGAT. Mr McLaughlin stated that Miss Collett had eventually straightened her mount but this was a stride or two too late, the damage already having occurred.

Miss Collett conceded that she should have reacted sooner and straightened her mount so that interference did not occur.


As Miss Collett had admitted the breach, the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr McLaughlin stated that Miss Collett’s penalty record showed 4 breaches of this rule since January 2016 being 4 days and a $1000 fine at Auckland on 1 January, 3 days and a $1000 fine at Auckland on 5 March, 5 days at Matamata on 24 August and 5 days at Wanganui on 15 September. He stated that Miss Collett was a very busy rider who rode in all districts and was considered a national rider. He also said that Miss Collett was frank and forthright to deal with and admitted that breach at the first opportunity. He submitted that the breach was at a low level and a term of suspension relative to all the factors be considered in this case.

Miss Collett accepted that a suspension was inevitable and requested a deferment until after Auckland racing on 7 December as she had commitments on that day.

Reasons For Penalty:

In determining penalty, the Committee took into consideration Miss Collett’s frank admission of the breach and the level of carelessness which we assessed as low. These we determined were mitigating elements. The only aggravating factor was Miss Collett’s penalty record which showed 4 suspensions since January 2016.

In adopting the JCA Penalty Guide starting point of a 5 day suspension we determined that an uplift of 1 day was warranted for the aggravating factor. We were however, able to afford Miss Collett a discount of 1 day for her frank admission of the breach and a further day for the low level of the breach. We therefore determined that a 4 day suspension was an appropriate penalty in this case. The Committee also granted request for a deferment until after racing at Auckland on 7 December.


We therefore determined that Miss Collett’s Class A Jockeys licence be suspended from the conclusion of racing 7 December up to and including 11 December 2016. This suspension encompasses the days racing at Hastings on 8 December, Tauranga on 9 December, Hamilton 10 December and Auckland on 11 December 2016.

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