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Canterbury R 6 April 2013 - R 8

Created on 08 April 2013

SChing (chair)
S Doyle-Licensed Jockey
M Zarb-Stipendiary Steward
Information Number

Alleged breach of Rule 638(1)(d).


Following the running of Race 8, the Christchurch Casino Easter Cup, an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr M Zarb, against jockey, Mr S Doyle, the rider of “Platinum Princess”, alleging careless riding near the 500m.

The charge reads as follows:

“I the above named Informant, allege that the above named Respondent, committed a breach of Rule 638(1)(d) in that S Doyle the rider of Platinum Princess, directed his mount outwards approaching the 500 metres, when not clear of Comanche Gold, ridden by T Moseley, which had to be checked, losing momentum.”

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 Doyle had indicated on the Information that this breach of the Rules was admitted and he confirmed this at the hearing. Mr Doyle also agreed that he understood the charge and the Rule it was brought under.

Submission For Decision:

Mr Zarb gave evidence and used video coverage, to show that approaching the 500m “Platinum Princess”, ridden by Mr Doyle, was in a trailing position behind “Kullu” approximately 3 off the running line, when he shifted out in an attempt to find clear running. Mr Doyle’s mount made firm contact and took the line of Comanche Gold causing that horse to check and lose momentum. Mr Zarb stated that “Howbaddouneedit” ridden by Mr P Taylor, who was racing on the outside of “Comanche Gold”, was also buffeted in this incident. Mr Zarb submitted that Mr Doyle was at no stage clear of “Comanche Gold” when shifting out. Mr Zarb stated that Mr Moseley, in investigations, had submitted that “Comanche Gold” was tiring at the time of the incident and that his chances of finishing in a stake bearing position were not affected.

Mr Doyle submitted that “Kullu”, who he was trailing, had started to roll out just as he was making his move to improve outwards. This, he stated, amplified the situation and made the interference to “Comanche Gold” more pronounced and look worse.

Reasons For Decision:

As Mr Doyle had admitted this breach of the Rules it was found to be proved.


The charge was found to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Zarb stated that Mr Doyle had an excellent penalty record and had not been before a Judicial Committee since June 2012 for a breach of this Rule. Mr Zarb submitted that the degree of carelessness was towards the higher end and that the status of the race should also be taken into consideration. He also stated that credit should be for his ready admission of the breach. In addition he submitted that Mr Doyle rode mostly in the Central Districts but does ride in the Southern District and Northern District on occasion. He submitted that the JCA Penalty Guide indicated a starting point of 5 days for a breach of this Rule and in the Stewards opinion a suspension of five days should be considered.

Mr Doyle elected to make no submissions in regard to the length of penalty and submitted that he would prefer to start any suspension as soon as possible. Mr Doyle stated he had confirmed rides at the Taranaki meeting on Monday 8 April.

Reasons For Penalty:

In determining penalty the Committee took into consideration Mr Doyle’s excellent penalty record and his frank admission of the breach. The Committee also determined that the breach was towards the higher end of the scale. After taking all factors into consideration and penalties given for similar breaches of this Rule, the Committee determined that a suspension of four riding days was appropriate on this occasion.


We therefore determined that Mr Doyle’s jockey's licence be suspended from the conclusion of racing on 8 April 2013 until the conclusion of racing 16 April 2013 which encompasses the days racing at Palmerston North on 12 April, Wellington on 13 April, Pukekohe on 15 April and Foxton on 16 April 2013.

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