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Invercargill HRC 27 June 2020 - R 3 (Instigating a Protest) - Chair, Mr P Knowles

Created on 30 June 2020

Committee:
PKnowles (chair)
NSkelt
Respondent(s):
Mr P Williamson - Licensed Trainer
Informant:
Mr V Munro - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number:
A12730
Horse Name:
SPRINGBANK MASON
Persons present:
Evidence:

Stewards lodged a protest against the fifth placed SPRINGBANK MASON alleging a breach of r 870 (3) and the Breaking Horse Regulations in Race 3. They sought the disqualification of SPRINGBANK MASON from its fifth placing under r 1003 (2).

The official placings were:

[3] DAY DREAMIN              1st

[8] EVERMORE                   2nd

[2] BRANDY AND DRY       3rd

[4] ROBO TROUBLE           4th

[7] SPRINGBANK MASON   5th

[6] THE POWER BROKER    6th

Submissions For Decision:

Mr Munro stated, with the aid of the video, that SPRINGBANK MASON was in a challenging position when it broke from its gait approximately 90 metres from the finish. It continued on in a break until the finish line, finishing in fifth placing. He said Mr M Williamson made every attempt to restrain the horse and return it to its proper gait. He sought disqualification of SPRINGBANK MASON under r 1003 (2). The connections of SPRINGBANK MASON did not contest the protest.

Reasons For Decision:

After viewing the films and hearing the evidence of the Stewards the committee is satisfied SPRINGBANK MASON was in breach of both the Breaking Horse Regulations and r 870 (3). The protest is upheld.

Decision:

SPRINGBANK MASON is disqualified from fifth position. The official placings are now:

[3] DAY DREAMIN                     1st

[8] EVERMORE                          2nd

[2] BRANDY AND DRY              3rd

[4] ROBO TROUBLE                  4th

[6] THE POWER BROKER           5th

Stakes and dividends to be paid accordingly.

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