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Counties RC 23 November 2019 - R 3 - Chair, Mr A Dooley

Created on 25 November 2019

ADooley (chair)
Mr O Bosson - Class A Rider
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward
Mr M Williamson - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Failed to ride COOL AZA BEEL out to the end of the race

Following the running of race 3, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 636(1)(d). The Informant, Mr Williamson, alleged that Mr Bosson failed to ride COOL AZA BEEL out to the end of the race when there was a reasonable chance of finishing in third position.

Mr Bosson said that he understood the Rule and confirmed his admission of the breach.

Rule 636(1) (d) provides: A person being the rider of a horse in a race must ride his or her horse out to the end of the race if there is a reasonable chance of it running into a position for which there is prize money to be awarded or a dividend to be declared.

Mr Jones demonstrated the incident using the available video footage. He identified that Mr Bosson was unable to obtain a clear run until near the 100 metres. He said once in the clear Mr Bosson pushed his mount for 2 to 3 strides but for the final 3 strides he relaxed his ride. He identified that COOL AZA BEEL (4th) picked up momentum quickly on AMOR FATI (3rd) to be beaten a nose at the finish.

Mr Bosson said the race was a “disaster” because he was held up in the final straight and had that not happened he would have won. He said when he got to the outside he pushed his mount forward for a few strides but he didn’t realise that AMOR FATI was still holding 3rd position.

In response to a question from the Committee, Mr Bosson accepted that he sat up and relaxed his ride for the final 3 strides of the race.


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

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Williamson said that Mr Bosson had a clear record under this Rule in the last 12 months. He said the JCA Penalty Guide starting point was lengthy for this sort of offence. He said the Rule was in place to protect the punters. He stated that Mr Bosson made a small genuine mistake and was frank with the Stewards during their investigation.

Mr Bosson said that any proposed suspension could start after racing on 27 November 2019. He asked the Committee to take into account his admission of the breach and clear record under this Rule.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee considered all the evidence and submissions presented.

The Penalty Guide for Judicial Committees has a sliding scale for breaches of this Rule. The starting point relates to the potential placing deemed to have been lost as a result of the breach. A rider potentially missing out on 3rd place faces a starting point of 3 weeks suspension which was adopted in this case.

The Committee reviewed the video footage of the incident. We observed that COOL AZA BEEL was held up for racing room in the final straight. At the 100 metres COOL AZA BEEL obtained clear racing room. After that point it was noticeable that COOL AZA BEEL made up ¾ of a length on AMOR FATI which finished in 3rd place. It was clear that Mr Bosson relaxed his ride 3 strides before the finish line when his mount was finishing the race off strongly. Mr Bosson has an obligation under the Rules to ride his mount out to the end of the race and he must leave no doubt to the outcome of the race. We deemed this to be a serious breach for such an experienced and accomplished rider.

The aggravating factors were the breach occurred in a Listed race, the difference between 3rd and 4th prizemoney was $2,750, the betting public and connections would feel aggrieved with Mr Bosson’s lack of vigour on the $1.80 favourite over the concluding stages of the race.

The mitigating factors were Mr Bosson’s admission of the breach and his clear record under this Rule.

The Committee had regard for the race meetings included in Mr Bosson’s penalty.

After taking into account all the above factors the Committee considered that a 3 weeks suspension would be an appropriate penalty.


The Committee granted a deferment to Mr Bosson’s suspension pursuant to Rule 1106(2).

Accordingly, Mr Bosson had his license to ride in races suspended for a period to commence after racing on 27 November and conclude after racing on 18 December 2019.

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