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Counties RC 11 April 2021 – R 7 – Chair, Mr A Smith

Created on 13 April 2021

ASmith (chair)
Mr M Hashizume - Apprentice Rider of TAVI WITH ME
Mr M Williamson - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Mr N Tiley - assisting M Hashizume
Mr A Coles-Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

This charge arises from the running of Race 7, the NZ Modern School of Music 1600. Stipendiary Steward, Mr Coles filed an Information pursuant to Rule 638(1)(d) alleging the Rider of TAVI WITH ME (M Hashizume),” allowed his mount to shift in from the 300 metres when insufficiently clear of DAADS EXPRESS and CAPALDI which were both crowded and hampered for a distance.

Mr Hashizume acknowledged he understood the Rule and confirmed his admission of the breach.

Rule 638(1) (d) provides: A Rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Judicial Committee considers to be careless.

Using the available race films Senior Stipendiary Steward, M Williamson demonstrated the incident and identified the horses and Riders concerned; TAVI WITH ME (M Hashizume), DAADS EXPRESS (C Dell) and CAPALDI (S Collett).

Mr Williamson said that rounding the corner into the home straight DAADS EXPRESS was racing greenly and rolls away from the rail allowing CAPALDI to secure a run on its inside. He said at this point TAVI WITH ME improves to the outside of both runners under a vigorous ride. He said that between the 300m and 200m marks CAPALDI and DAADS EXPRESS are placed in tight quarters as TAVI WITH ME shifts inwards when only a neck clear.

Mr Williamson said the Rider of CAPALDI had to take a hold for a fair distance and had its chances extinguished, while DAADS EXPRESS was also inconvenienced. Mr Williamson said at no stage did M Hashizume (TAVI WITH ME) look to straighten his mount.

Mr Tiley assisting M Hashizume acknowledged that DAADS EXPRESS had raced greenly around the corner. He said that today’s track was very testing and with the recent shift from summer to winter tracks horses were “ rolling around” when under pressure and tiring and this may have caught Mr Hashizume off guard.

M Hashizume added that he thought there was only one horse to his inside, and when he bumped DAADS EXPRESS his horse angled in. He said he thought he was going straight but could see on the video that he was shifting in.


As Mr Hashizume admitted the breach the Committee found the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Coles produced Mr Hashizume’s riding record which indicated 2 previous breaches under the careless riding Rule in the last 12 months. These breaches had occurred over approximately 296 rides, with today’s breach being his 3rd charge.

Mr Coles said Stewards assessed the level of carelessness to be in the mid range. He added that Mr Hashizume had been very forthright and admitted the breach at the first opportunity and should be given credit for that.

Mr Hashizume confirmed he had commitments for Wednesday the 14h of April, and asked for any suspension to start after that date, he also added that he hadn’t been suspended for 6 months.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee viewed the head-on, side-on and back-on films which established that Mr Hashizume allowed his mount to shift inwards from approximately 4 horse widths from the running rail and eventually finished on the rail. It was of some concern that despite the horses to his inner almost being in line with him he didn’t identify that he had placed them in tight quarters due to his horse shifting inwards.

After considering the submissions and reviewing the race film the Committee determined Mr Hashizume’s carelessness to be in the mid-range and adopted a 5-day (suspension) and $500 (fine) as the starting point.

Mr Hashizume’s riding record was assessed as being neutral factor as his 3 breaches (this being his 3rd) had occurred over 296 rides, combining his record and admission of the breach, the Committee afforded Mr Hashizume a 1 day discount on penalty.


The Committee granted Mr Hashizume a deferment to his suspension pursuant to Rule 1106(2). Accordingly, his license to ride in races is suspended for a period of 4 days commencing after racing on the 14th of April 2021 and concluding after racing on 18th April 2021. In addition, we impose a $500 fine.

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