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Canterbury R 7 April 2018 - R 2 - Chair, Mr S Ching

Created on 08 April 2018

SChing (chair)
Miss A Comignaghi - Class B Apprentice Rider
Mr D Walsh - Apprentice Jockey Mentor assisting Miss Comignaghi
Mr N McIntyre - General Manager of Stewards
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 2, the Avon City Ford Rating75, an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr M Davidson, against Class B Apprentice Rider, Miss A Comignaghi, alleging careless riding in that she allowed her mount, SHEZATOUCHA, to shift inwards near the 1600m causing TAXIHOME, ridden by Mrs L Allpress to be dictated inwards and OPIHI JADE, ridden by Mr G Joogoo, to be checked.

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

Mr Davidson, with the assistance of General Manager of Stewards, Mr N McIntyre, gave evidence and used video coverage to show that near the 1600m, Miss Comignaghi, riding SHEZATOUCHA, was in a handy 3-wide position. Mr McIntyre pointed out Miss Comignaghi, who he said, after finding herself 3 wide without cover, attempted to shift in when not clear and in front of TAXIHOME, who was racing in the 2-wide position with OPIHI JADE, ridden by Mr Jogoo, ¾ of a length back on the rails. Mr McIntyre stated that but for want of a better term, Miss Comignaghi, was attempting to reverse park into the gap in front of Mrs Allpress. As a result, he said, Mrs Allpress was dictated inwards onto Mr Jogoo who ran out of room and had to check.

Miss Comignaghi conceded that she had made a bad call.

Mr Walsh stated that what was on Miss Comignaghi’s mind was her riding instructions, which was to get cover quickly as the horse was fresh up over 1800m. He also said that the films were not good but clearly interference has occurred but to the exact extent, it was hard to see. Mr Walsh also said that OPIHI JADE was a difficult horse to ride and had over reacted throwing its head in the air which may have made the incident look worse.


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

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Davidson stated that Miss Comignaghi’s penalty record was clear over the previous 12 months, which he described as a very good record. Mr Davidson stated that the Stewards considered this breach to be low level. He said the JCA Penalty Guide provided a starting point of a 6 National day suspension for a low range breach and submitted that consideration be given for her very good record and her admission of the breach.

Miss Comignaghi made no submissions on penalty.

Deferment was not discussed as there were no relevant meetings for Miss Comignaghi within the next 7 days.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide starting point for a low-range breach of this rule is a 6-National day suspension. The Committee assessed this breach as low to mid and therefore adopted a 7 National Day starting point. There were no aggravating factors to consider, therefore no uplift in penalty was warranted.
However, we were able to afford Miss Comignaghi, a discount for her very good record and her admission of the breach which we set at 1 day. We therefore determined that a 6-National day suspension was an appropriate penalty.

As riders were declared for the meeting at Pukekohe on 8 April the penalty imposed would commence after racing on that date.


Accordingly, Miss Comignaghi’s Class B Jockeys licence was suspended from the conclusion of racing 8 April up to and including 18 April 2018.

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