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Canterbury JC 9 September 2017 - R 2 - Chair, Mr G Clapp



Informant: Mr MR Davidson, Stipendiary Steward

Respondent: Mr R Yatim, Licensed Apprentice Jockey (Class B)
Information No: A09514

Meeting: Canterbury Jockey Club

Date: 9 September 2017

Venue: Riccarton Park

Race: 2

Rule No: 638 (1) (d)

Judicial Committee: Mr GJ Clapp, Chairman - Mr G McKenzie, Committee Member

Plea: Admitted

Present: Mr NF Ridley, Licensed Trainer (Class A) assisting Mr Yatim

              Mr J McLauglin, Stipendiary Steward


Following the running of Race 2, the Fleming Family Maiden, an information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr MR Davidson, against Licensed Apprentice Jockey (Class B), Mr R Yatim, alleging that Mr Yatim, the rider of BON SHOWVI in the race, rode carelessly at the 1000-metre mark.


Mr Yatim was present at the hearing of the information. He was assisted by his employer, Mr N F Ridley, Licensed Trainer (Class A). He indicated that he understood the charge and that he admitted the breach.


Rule 638 provides as follows:
(3) A Rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Judicial Committee considers to be:
(d) careless


Mr Davidson had Stipendiary Steward, Mr J McLaughlin, show video replays of the first 500 metres of the 1400 metres race. He pointed out BON SHOWVI, ridden by Mr Yatim, in a 3-wide position and QUAINTRELLE, ridden by Mr P Shaikh, to the inside of BON SHOWVI, and PENDLETON (D Prastiyou) to the inside of QUAINTRELLE. At that stage, he points out BON SHOWVI moving down into the line of QUAINTRELLE, directing QUAINTRELLE into the line of Mr Prastiyou who had nowhere to go. Mr McLaughlin pointed out, on the side-on video, that Mr Yatim was at the time barely his own length clear of Mr Shaikh’s mount. Mr Prastiyou’s mount had been racing quite keenly prior to the incident but, at no stage, could Mr Shaikh relieve the pressure as Mr Yatim comes across, Mr McLaughlin said.


Mr Yatim agreed with the evidence offered by the Stipendiary Stewards. He had nothing further to add.


Mr Ridley submitted that there had been tightening involving a number of runners. He suggested that DIRECTOR (CW Johnson) had moved out at the same time which may have contributed to this.


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


Mr Davidson informed the Committee that Mr Yatim has a good riding record. He had been suspended for 2 days on 7 June 2017, the only breach in the last 12 months. He added that he saw the breach of the rule as being low-mid level, but could have had high-end consequences. He acknowledged that Mr Prastiyou’s mount had been overracing and there had been “slight movement” from the inside.


Mr Davidson asked the Committee to take into account Mr Yatim’s admission of the breach and his good record. He is one of the most sought-after apprentices in the South Island, he said. He believed an appropriate penalty would be no more than a 2-3 days suspension.


Neither Mr Yatim nor Mr Ridley wished to make any submission regarding penalty. Mr Yatim did not seek a deferment of any term of suspension.


The Penalty Guide provides a starting point for penalty for careless riding by a South Island rider of 3 riding days. Mr Davidson’s submission in this case was for a suspension of no more than 2-3 riding days. We believed the breach of the rule was mid-range so we therefore took the 3-day starting point. We were able to take into account Mr Yatim’s good record, which we saw as neutral. We also took into account his frank admission of the breach. We were therefore able to afford Mr R Yatim a discount of 1 riding day for those mitigating factors.


Mr Yatim’s Apprentice Jockey’s licence (Class B) is suspended from after the close of racing today up to and including 23rd September next (2 days). The meetings intended to be encompassed by the period of suspension are Otago RC on 15 September and Canterbury JC on 23 September.

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