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Non-Raceday Inquiry - N Howlett



871.1.e

The charge reads as follows:

 

“That on the 16th day of May 2008 at the race meeting conducted by the Paeroa Racing Club you rode your mount in race 8, “The Lion Foundation 2200”, being the horse FRENCH CREST in an incompetent manner as per Rule 871(1)(e) of the New Zealand Rules of Racing

The charge reads as follows:

 

“That on the 16th day of May 2008 at the race meeting conducted by the Paeroa Racing Club you rode your mount in race 8, “The Lion Foundation 2200”, being the horse FRENCH CREST in an incompetent manner as per Rule 871(1)(e) of the New Zealand Rules of Racing IN THAT you showed inadequate judgement with a lack of vigour shown between the 600 metres and the 250 metres in the said race AND THAT you are thereby liable to the penalty or penalties which may be imposed upon you pursuant to Rule 1003 of the said Rules.”

 

Mr Oatham in his opening statement said he had interviewed the trainer of FRENCH CREST, Ms Bedford, who said she was disappointed the way her horse had been ridden.  Mr Oatham also said he had questioned Ms Howlett following the race and she said her ride was seriously astray.  He said FRENCH CREST was one of the favourites and Ms Howlett had previously had 5 race rides.

 

Ms Howlett admitted the breach and was represented by Mr I Wright.

 

Mr Williamson demonstrated the video films and showed where Ms Howlett, riding FRENCH CREST, allowed her mount to drift towards the rear nearing the 600 metre mark.  He said Ms Howlett showed a lack of vigour and did little to improve her position between the 600 and 250 metre marks, only at this point did she attempt top urge her mount forward.

 

Mr I Wright said Ms Howlett was inexperienced and on this occasion got caught out by thinking the field was going to come back to her.

 

Ms Howlett said her instruction was to go forward, but she believed the field was going too hard in the ground and would come back to her.  She admitted this was a grave error of judgement.

 

Mr Oatham produced records of similar offences and asked the Committee to consider Ms Howlett’s inexperience, and previous breaches.  He submitted that a 3 week suspension would be appropriate. 

 

Mr Wright informed the Committee Ms Howlett had a confirmed ride on 13 June and asked for a deferment of penalty.

 

The Committee considered all submissions and took into account the following:

 

1.            Ms Howlett’s guilty plea.

2.            Her full co-operation with the Stewards.

3.            Her inexperience.

 

Before imposing penalty the Committee told Ms Howlett her responsibilities under an Amateur Licence were the same as those under a professional licence, and in this case the betting public were denied a fair run for their money, through her incompetent ride.

 

PENALTY:

Accordingly we impose a suspension to start after racing on 13 June and conclude after racing on 4 July 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R Seabrook                                                     A Dooley

CHAIRMAN

 

 

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