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Canterbury JC 26 January 2019 - R 1 - Chair, Mr S Ching

Created on 28 January 2019

SChing (chair)
D Hirini-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 1, the Caloundra Cup Tour 2019-Book Now Maiden, an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr L McLaughlin, against Class B Rider Miss D Hirini, alleging careless riding in that she allowed his mount, CALLING US HOME, to shift out buffeting and unbalancing LONSOME LADY, ridden by Mr J Lowry, passing 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”

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

Mr McLaughlin gave evidence and used video coverage, with the assistance of Stipendiary Steward, M Davidson, to show that nearing the 400m, CALLING US HOME, ridden by Miss Hirini, was racing midfield with LONSOME LADY, ridden by Mr J Lowry on her outside, and RIVALDO, ridden by Mr Callaway, immediately outside LONSOME LADY. Mr Davidson pointed out Miss Hirini attempt to push LONSOME LADY out and force a run when a run was clearly not available to her. Mr Davidson said that LONSOME LADY was buffeted and unbalanced in this incident with RIVALDO also being affected, receiving the back wash of the interference.

Mr Walsh said he walked the track with Miss Hirini this morning, who told him that she had not ridden at Riccarton for a long time and that was when the track was wet. Mr Walsh said he advised her she had to be patient and that the track had a long straight. He added that it was her first ride at Riccarton, after a period of time, with a decent track and on the favourite. Mr Walsh said that Miss Hirini was worried she would not get a run but would only have had to wait a few more strides and the runs would have come.


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

Submission For Penalty:

Mr McLaughlin stated that Miss Hirini’s record showed a previous breach on 19 August 2018 at Wanganui where she received a 6 National Day suspension. He said the Stewards believed this breach to be mid-range and that a suspension of 8 National Days be considered as penalty.

Mr Walsh agreed with the Stewards that the breach was mid-range and submitted that it was one of those breaches where the action was probably worse that the result. He added that Miss Hirini had ridden on approximately 170 occasions since her last suspension.

Miss Hirini requested a deferment of suspension until after racing at Otago on 2 February where she had riding commitments.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide provides an 8 National day starting point for a mid-range breach of this rule. We agreed with Mr McLaughlin’s assessment of breach being mid-range. Miss Hirini’s record showed a 6 National Day suspension on 19 August 2018 at Wanganui. This suspension was 5 months prior and Miss Hirini had ridden on about 170 occasions since that breach. Due to these factors we were prepared to consider Miss Hirini’s record in this case as neutral. Adopting the 8 National Day starting point we determined that there were no aggravating factors to consider therefore no uplift in penalty required. The mitigating factor is Miss Hirini’s frank admission of the breach which warrants a discount. This discount we set at 1 day. We therefore determined that a 7 National Day suspension was an appropriate penalty in this case.

Miss Hirini’s request for deferment until after racing at Otago on 2 February is granted.


Miss Hirini’s Class B Jockeys licence is suspended from the conclusion of racing 2 February up to and including 14 February 2019.

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