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Egmont RC 27 May 2018 - R 2 - Chair, Mr T Bird

Created on 29 May 2018

TBird (chair)
Ms C Waddell - Apprentice Jockey
Mr K Gray - Senior Licensed Trainer assisting Ms Waddell
Mr Goodwin - Stipendiary Steward
Mr D Balcombe - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 2, the NZB INSURANCE PEARL SERIES RACE, an information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr Balcombe, against Ms Waddell, alleging careless riding in that she angled her mount DESTINY ONE outwards when not her length and another clear resulting in MIDNIGHT POETRY (MR SAM WEATHERLEY) being checked near the 300m mark.

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

Ms Waddell acknowledged that she understood the Rule and confirmed her admission of the breach.

Mr Goodwin demonstrated on the race films as the field made the final turn into the home straight with DESTINY ONE travelling just off the fence in behind the leaders before being angled out to seek a clear running wider out when not the required distance clear of MIDNIGHT POETRY (SAM WEATHERLEY) who had to take a sharp hold of his mount. Mr Goodwin said there was no pressure from any other runner in forcing DESTINY ONE out which eventually bumped with MIDNIGHT POETRY whose rider checked his mount. Mr Goodwin said while the check to Mr Weatherly’s mount was not bad he was nevertheless entitled to a clear run to the line and on this occasion he did not get that.

Both Ms Waddell and Mr Gray agreed with the stewards' assessment of the films, Ms Waddell submitting that Mr Weatherly’s mount had shifted inwards slightly which may have contributed to the incident. Mr Gray commented Ms Waddell should have waited for a run to come instead of scouting wider and believed she would learn from the experience.


As Ms Waddell admitted the breach the committee deemed the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Balcombe said the respondent had a clear record and this was the first time Ms Waddell had faced a charge under the rules of any nature. He said on this occasion stewards were seeking a term of suspension as a penalty.

Ms Waddell told the committee she had been race riding for about three-months and in this time she had had nearly 100 rides at totalisator meetings.

Mr Gray viewed Ms Waddell’s breach free previous record as a commendable one and a mitigating factor.

Ms Waddell was not seeking any deferment of any suspension.

Reasons For Penalty:

In reviewing the available films of the incident it was clear that Ms Waddell had allowed her mount to shift out three to four horse widths over approximately five strides when not her and a further length clear of Midnight Poetry and only straightened when contacting that runner.

The committee considered the inward movement of Midnight Poetry referred to by Ms Waddell as minimal and we believe a period of suspension is an appropriate penalty.

The committee assess the degree of carelessness to be the high end of low range for which the starting point in the JCA penalty guide is a suspension of six National Days. We have applied a discount of one day for Ms Waddell’s previous unblemished record and her early admission of the breach.


Ms Waddell is suspended from the end of racing on May 27th 2018 up to and including June 3, 2018.

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