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Canterbury R 23 April 2016 - R 9 - Chair, Mr R McKenzie

Created on 27 April 2016

RMcKenzie (chair)
S L Wynne
Licensed Apprentice Jockey (Class B)
Willy Harnett
Apprentice Jockey Mentor
J M McLaughlin
Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 9, Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge Rating 75, an information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr J M McLaughlin, against Licensed Apprentice Jockey (Class B), Miss S L Wynne, alleging that Miss Wynne, as the rider of BOOTS ‘N’ ALL in the race, “shifted her mount inwards when not clear to do so causing severe checks to CARBIDE (S Muniandy) and GOLD ALLURE (T R Moseley) near the 200 metres”.

Miss Wynne was present at the hearing of the information and she indicated that she admitted the breach. Miss Wynne was assisted at the hearing by Apprentice Jockey Mentor, Mr Willy Harnett.

Rule 638 provides as follows:

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

     (d) careless.

Mr McLaughlin showed video replays from four available angles of the incident, with approximately 200 metres to run. He had Stipendiary Steward, Mr S W Wallis, point out BOOTS ‘N’ ALL, ridden by Miss Wynne and the other two runners involved. BOOTS ‘N’ ALL was racing towards the rear of the field as the field turned for home and improving through the middle of horses. Approaching the 200 metres, CARBIDE (S Muniandy) was inside of and ahead of Miss Wynne and GOLD ALLURE, ridden by Mr T R Moseley, was behind Mr Muniandy.

It was pointed out that Miss Wynne then shifted her mount inwards, placing the two horses on her inside in “restricted room”. Miss Wynne continued to shift in and, as a consequence, made contact with Mr Muniandy’s mount and that runner and Mr Moseley’s mount were severely checked, Mr McLaughlin submitted. He illustrated from the head-on and rear-on video replays that there was no run available to Miss Wynne.

Miss Wynne used the videos to show that, at the top of the straight, she and Mr Moseley had been alongside one another. Mr Moseley had then moved in, she said. She had then “gradually come across”. There was no run for her and she had improved onto the heels of the runner in front of her. She said that she had anticipated that Mr Muniandy was going to the inside so she decided to go across with him. Her mount had “completely overreacted” – though she had not used her whip. She said that she had not intended what happened and admitted that she had ridden carelessly.

Mr Harnett submitted that Miss Wynne had “pushed for a gap” that she thought was appearing. She may not have been aware that Mr Moseley was there as he was in a “blind spot”. Miss Wynne confirmed that she was not so aware – she thought that she had “improved away” from Mr Moseley. 


Miss Wynne having admitted the breach, the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr McLaughlin told the Committee that Miss Wynne has had six suspensions since May 2015 – the most recent on 13 February 2016 (6 days) – which constituted, he said, a very poor record. He submitted that Miss Wynne’s carelessness, on this occasion, was “high end” and any suspension would need to be in weeks and not days. He submitted no less than 3 weeks. Mr McLaughlin said that Miss Wynne does ride with regularity in the Central Districts.

Miss Wynne said that she had been trying hard to address her problems but she “tries too hard” and admitted that she “has a lot to work on”. She said that she could not argue with the term of suspension submitted by Mr McLaughlin.

Mr Harnett told the Committee that Miss Wynne is booked to ride in the Breeders’ Stakes at Te Rapa next Saturday, 30 April. Miss Wynne requested that any term of suspension be deferred until after that date. Mr Harnett submitted that any suspension should be looked at in terms of riding days and not a number of weeks.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Penalty Guide starting point of a 5 days’ suspension was not appropriate in this case, principally, because of Miss Wynne’s very poor riding record, this being her seventh breach of the careless riding Rule in less than 12 months. A significant deterrent penalty was required to impress upon Miss Wynne that she needs to display a higher degree of care in her race riding.

The Committee agreed with Mr McLaughlin that the degree of carelessness in this instance was at the high end of the scale. It was a bad piece of riding that Miss Wynne, herself, readily admitted. This was an aggravating factor. It was fortunate that the consequences were not more serious, which they could well have been.

We have noted Miss Wynne’s frank admission of the breach, though it was somewhat inevitable, and we were impressed with her remorse which, we accepted, was genuine. She has undertaken to address her riding issues and we trust that she will do so during the period of her suspension.

Mr McLaughlin submitted that a term of suspension of not less than 3 weeks should be imposed. The Committee has decided on a suspension of 3 weeks, but add that a longer period may have been warranted, having regard to Miss Wynne’s very bad record and the high degree of carelessness.


The Committee granted Miss Wynne’s application for a deferment, it being satisfied that Miss Wynne has a riding engagement at the Cambridge JC meeting at Te Rapa on Saturday, 30 April next.

Miss Wynne’s Apprentice Jockey’s Licence (Class B) was suspended for a period from after the conclusion of racing on Saturday, 30 April 2016, up to and including Sunday, 22 May 2016 – 3 weeks.

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