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Manawatu HRC 31 October 2019 - R 1 (instigating a protest) - Chair, Mr N McCutcheon

Created on 04 November 2019

Committee:
NMcCutcheon (chair)
Respondent(s):
Mr S Doody - Trainer of LEESA CASTLETON
Informant:
Mr S Mulcay - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number:
A10275
Horse Name:
LEESA CASTLETON
Persons present:
Mr N Ydgren - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Evidence:

Following the running of Race 1 (MATT AND MARION HICKEY HANDICAP TROT) Information No. A10275 was filed with the Judicial Committee. It was alleged that LEESA CASTLETON (5th) galloped further than 50m inside the final 200m of the event.

Judge’s Placings were:

1st No.7 SUNDONS FLYER
2nd No.3 THE REV
3rd No.1 MACKERELLI
4th No.5 LAURA BUSH
5th No.2 LEESA CASTLETON

Mr Doody admitted the breach and signed the Information that he did not wish to attend the hearing.

Submissions For Decision:

Mr Mulcay showed the film replays, identified LEESA CASTLETON in the lead on entering the straight for the final time and said that it galloped for approximately 100m. LEESA CASTLETON then regained the trotting gait and finished 5th. Mr Mulcay said that they were seeking a disqualification of the horse.

Reasons For Decision:

It was clear on the film replays that early in the run home LEESA CASTLETON went off stride and galloped for more than 50m. As identified by the Stipendiary Steward it was approximately 100m before said horse regained its proper gait.

Decision:

LEESA CASTLETON was disqualified pursuant to Rule 870(3) & the Breaking Horse Regulations.

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