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Levin RC 17 December 2015 - R 3 - Chair, Mr N McCutcheon

Created on 21 December 2015

NMcCutcheon (chair)
Ms R Goldsbury - Apprentice Jockey
Mr D Goldsbury - Employer of Ms Goldsbury
Mr R Hannam - Licensed Jockey assisting Ms Goldsbury
Mr N Goodwin - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 8 (Shirley’s Yummys Strawberries Maiden) information A6835 was filed with the judicial committee. The information stated, “apprentice rider Ms R Goldsbury permitted her mount Yeager to shift inwards near the 1300 metres when not the required distance clear of All In Vogue (L Allpress) which was checked”.

Rule 638(1)(d) reads:

A rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the judicial committee considers to be careless.

Ms Goldsbury acknowledged that she understood the rule and confirmed that she admitted the breach.

Mr Goodwin showed the films, (both head on and lateral views) and submitted that Ms Goldsbury allowed her mount to shift in and tighten All In Vogue for three to four strides, with Mrs Allpress forced to steady her mount and in doing so lost approximately one length.

Mr Hannam on behalf of Ms Goldsbury said that she had shifted in but that it was a gradual movement and not a severe shift and that Mrs Allpress only had to steady her mount and not actually check it.

Ms Goldsbury for her part said that she had clearly shifted in when not clear. She said that at the time she thought she was clear and that Mrs Allpress only called to her after the interference had happened.

Mr D Goldsbury said that Ms Goldsbury's horse changed legs and that this caused it to shift in sharper than would normally be the case.


As the breach was admitted it was found to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Goodwin said that Ms Goldsbury’s record was excellent and that she had not been penalised for a breach of the rules for the past 12 months. He said that the incident was considered by the Stewards to be at the low end. He added that a term of suspension was warranted.

Ms Goldsbury said that it was 14 months since she had incurred a suspension and thought that the incident was minor.

Reasons For Penalty:

The committee considered all of the submissions placed before it and determined that a period of suspension was the appropriate penalty. Adopting the JCA penalty guideline starting point of a 5 riding day term of suspension, the committee believed a discount of 2 riding days was justified due to

• Excellent record
• Admittance of breach
• Carelessness being in the low end category


Ms Goldsbury’s apprentice jockey license was suspended from the close of racing on 19 December 2015 up to and including racing on 27 December 2015. The term of suspension encompasses 3 riding days, they being 23 December New Plymouth, 26 December Manawatu, 27 December New Plymouth.

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