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Greymouth JC 5 January 2020 - R 4 - Chair, Mr S Ching

Created on 09 January 2020

SChing (chair)
Mr R Mudhoo - Licensed Class B Apprentice Rider
Mr M McCann - Licensed Trainer
Mr D Walsh - Apprentice Jockey Mentor assisting Mr Mudhoo
M Davidson- Stipendiary Steward
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 4 an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr M Davidson, against Class B Rider, Mr R Mudhoo, in that he angled his mount MIDDAGURD, outwards when not clear of TIMES TIME, which was checked near the 175m.

Rule 638(1)(d) provides as follows:

“(1) A Rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Judicial Committee considers to be:
      (d) careless”

Mr Mudhoo had indicated on the Information that this breach of the Rules was admitted, and he confirmed this at the hearing. Mr Mudhoo also agreed that he understood the charge and the Rule it was brought under.

Mr M McCann, Licensed Trainer and employer of Mr Mudhoo and Mr D Walsh, NZTR Apprentice Mentor, assisted Mr Mudhoo at the hearing.

Mr Davidson, with the assistance of Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr J Oatham, gave evidence and used video coverage to show that approaching the 200m, Mr Mudhoo, riding MIDDAGURD, was racing 2 off and 3 back as the field turned for home. Mr Oatham pointed out Mr Mudhoo shift out when not sufficiently clear, only a touch over a bare length ahead of TIMES TIME, who had to check.

Mr Mudhoo and Mr McCann elected to make no submissions in regard to the incident with Mr Walsh stating that the breach was clear to see on the films.


As Mr Mudhoo had admitted this breach of the Rules it was found to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Davidson stated that Mr Mudhoo’s record showed a breach of this Rule nearly 12 months prior at Gore on 19 January 2019 where he received a 9 National day suspension in a Group race. Mr Davidson stated that the breach was low range and submitted that a 6 National day starting point be considered in this case.

Mr Walsh stated that Mr Mudhoo had ridden on nearly 300 occasions since his last offence in January last year.

The matter of deferment was discussed with Mr Mudhoo requesting a deferment until after racing on 11 January.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide provides a 6-national day suspension as a starting point for a low range breach of this Rule. We agreed with Mr Davidson that this breach was low level and accordingly adopted a 6-national day starting point. There were no aggravating factors to consider therefore no uplift in penalty. There were however mitigating factors to consider firstly, Mr Mudhoo’s record which we determined was good as it was nearly 12 months and nearly 300 rides since his last breach, and secondly, his frank admission of the breach. We determined that a combined discount of 1 day be applied for these factors. We therefore determined that a 5-day suspension was an appropriate penalty.

Mr Mudhoo’s request for a deferment until after racing on 11 January is granted.


Mr Mudhoo’s Class B Jockeys licence is suspended from the conclusion of racing Saturday 11 January up to and including 17 January 2020.

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