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Kumara RC 9 January 2021 - R 4 - Chair, Mr R McKenzie

Created on 11 January 2021

RMcKenzie (chair)
R Mudhoo
Licensed Apprentice Jockey (Class B)
M R Davidson
Stipendiary Steward
Mr D M Walsh - Apprentice Jockey Mentor
J P Oatham
Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 4, Greymouth Star/Recreation Hotel 1150m, an Information was filed by Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr J P Oatham, against Licensed Apprentice Jockey (Class B), Mr R Mudhoo, alleging that Mr Mudhoo, as the Rider of OPHELIA ROSE in the race, “allowed his mount to shift out crowding and checking EXPRESSIVE (S O’Malley) who clipped a heel and blundered near the 125 metres”.

Mr Mudhoo had signed the Statement by the Respondent on the Information form indicating that he admitted the breach and he confirmed this at the hearing at which he was present. He was assisted at the hearing by Apprentice Jockey Mentor, Mr D M Walsh.

Rule 638 provides as follows:

(1) A rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Judicial Committee considers to be:

    (d) careless

Mr Oatham had Stipendiary Steward, Mr M R Davidson, show head-on and side-on video replays of the final 200 metres of the race.

Mr Davidson pointed out on the video replays OPHELIA ROSE, ridden by Mr Mudhoo, which had been near the lead and wide the turning into the home straight, under a ride from Mr Mudhoo and weakening. EXPRESSIVE, ridden by Mr O’Malley was directly behind OPHELIA ROSE. Mr Davidson also pointed out ROC MUSIC (L Callaway) racing to the outside of OPHELIA ROSE, passing the 150 metres.

Mr Davidson showed on the head-on video replay that there was a gap for Mr O’Malley to improve into, between those two runners Mr Mudhoo continued using his whip and his mount shifted out, 1½ to 2 horse widths, Mr Davidson said. Mr O’Malley was placed in restricted room for some distance, before clipping a heel and losing his running, Mr Davidson said. Mr Callaway’s mount was also pushed across heels, he said. Mr Mudhoo’s mount would have been no more than its own length clear.

Mr Walsh said that Mr Mudhoo’s mount was under pressure early in the straight. He submitted that the leader, although clear, had shifted out and Mr Mudhoo’s mount had tended to follow it out. He also submitted that the gap that Mr O’Malley was going into was getting quite tight and, had Mr O’Malley waited two strides and gone inside, the interference could have been avoided. An inwards movement by LOVEBUG (A Comignaghi) may have contributed to the interference received by Mr Callaway’s mount, he said.


Mr Mudhoo having admitted the breach, the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham said that Mr Mudhoo had received a suspension of 3 days and a $250 fine at Gore on 20 December 2020 for a low-range breach. Other than that, Mr Mudhoo’s record in the past 12 months is clear.

In the view of the Stewards, the present breach was slightly above mid-range, the consequences being quite severe and it was fortunate that Mr O’Malley’s mount, or Mr Callaway’s, did not fall. A suspension of around 6 days would be appropriate but Mr Mudhoo should get credit for his admission of the breach and his good record, Mr Oatham said.

Mr Walsh said that Mr Mudhoo had been a busy Rider for several seasons and one careless riding breach in the last 12 months represented an excellent record. He has admitted the breach. He submitted that a 4-days suspension plus a fine would be appropriate.

Mr Mudhoo did not seek a deferment of any suspension. He had no firm engagements in the next 7 days, he told the Committee.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee agrees with the assessment of the Stewards that the breach was in the mid-high range, taking into account all of the circumstances, in particular, the consequences to Mr O’Malley’s mount, which had been the race favourite.

The Committee has, therefore, taken a starting point of a 6-days suspension, which is just above the 5-days starting point under the new Penalty Guide for a mid-range breach. Mr Mudhoo is entitled to a discount for his admission of the breach and his record, one breach in the past 12 months, which is a good record. The Committee notes that Mr Mudhoo has had in excess of 220 rides in the current season and, last season, had a total of 330 rides. So, the Committee accepts that he is a busy rider. For these mitigating factors, Mr Mudhoo is entitled to a discount which the Committee fixes at 1 day.


Mr Mudhoo does not seek a deferment of suspension. His Apprentice Jockey’s Licence (Class B) is suspended for a period commencing after the close of racing on 9 January 2021 up to and including 21 January 2021 - 5 national riding days.

In addition, Mr Mudhoo is fined the sum of $500.

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