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Canterbury JC 26 January 2019 - R 6 - Chair, Mr S Ching

Created on 28 January 2019

SChing (chair)
BB Hong-Class B Rider
D Walsh NZTR Apprentice Jockey Mentor
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
J McLaughlin- Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless riding

Following the running of Race 6, the Caloundra Cup Tour 2019-Book Now Maiden, an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr L McLaughlin, against Class B Rider Mr BB Hong, alleging careless riding in that he allowed his mount, PINSHARP, to shift outwards when not sufficiently clear of RIDE THE STORM, ridden by Mr A Calder who was crowded and checked near the 400m.

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

Mr McLaughlin gave evidence and used video coverage, with the assistance of Stipendiary Steward, M Davidson, to show that passing the 600m, PINSHARP, ridden by Mr Hong, was racing on the rail and in a trailing position with RIDE THE STORM, ridden by Mr Calder established on his outside. Mr Davidson pointed out Mr Hong shift out from the trailing position to improve and in doing so forced Mr Calder out onto the heels of another runner. As a result, Mr Calder was crowded and had to check. Mr McLaughlin stated that Mr Calder was established outside Mr Hong by at least ½ to ¾ of a length prior to him shifting out.

Mr Hong stated that he had misjudged the movement. He said that Mr Calder had called to him and he had not realised that he had moved out as far as he did. Mr Walsh said that after the Christmas, New Year circuit of racing on smaller tracks, riders had to get used to riding on bigger tracks again and that there was plenty of time to obtain a run with the longer length of the straight. He said they just had to be patient, and, in this case, Mr Hong would have got a run once the field was established in the run home.


As Mr Hong had admitted the breach, the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr McLaughlin stated that Mr Hong’s record showed two previous suspensions over the previous 12 months, being 23 June 2018 at Amberley where he received a 4-day suspension and 30 December 2018 at Kurow, where he received a 6-day suspension. He said the Stewards believed this breach to be low-range and that a suspension of 6 National Days be considered as penalty.

Mr Walsh agreed with the Stewards that the breach was low-range. He said Mr Hong had not had many rides over the last six months and was just starting to get a few rides. Mr Walsh said that Mr Hong was not as sharp as he should be and was a bit rusty but improving with the frequency of rides increasing.

Mr Hong did not seek deferment and requested any suspension to start as soon as possible.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide provides a 6 National day starting point for a low-range breach of this rule. We agreed with Mr McLaughlin’s assessment of breach being low-range and accordingly adopted the 6 national day starting point. Mr Hong’s record showed 2 breaches of this rule in the previous 12 months being 23 June and 30 December 2018. This Committee is prepared to treat the June breach as a neutral factor, however, the breach on 30 December, one month prior, is an aggravating factor, warranting an uplift. This uplift we set at 1 day. Mr Hong’s frank admission of the breach is a mitigating factor and we determined, warrants a discount. This discount we set at 1 day.

We therefore determined that a 6 National Day suspension is an appropriate penalty in this case.


Mr Hong’s Class B Jockeys licence is suspended from the conclusion of racing today 26 January up to and including 8 February 2019.

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