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Manawatu RC 26 December 2019 - R 7 - Chair, Mr T Utikere

Created on 28 December 2019

TUtikere (chair)
Mr M Singh - Licensed Rider
Mr N Goodwin - Sitpendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 7 (Inspire Net 2100), Information A11671 was filed with the Judicial Committee. It alleged a breach of Rule 638(1)(d), in that : “...M Singh allowed his mount to shift out near 100 metres when not entirely clear of REGAL ROCK which was checked”.

Rule 638(1)(d) states:
“A Rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Judicial Committee considers to be: ... (d) careless.”

Mr Singh confirmed that he understood the Rule and admitted the breach.

Using the head-on, side-on and rear-view films Mr N Goodwin identified Mr Singh (AKELA BELLE) with Mr Hannam (KAMANDA LINCOLN) to his inside, Ms Hemi (REGAL ROCK) to Mr Singh’s outside (but slightly behind) and Ms O’Beirne (HOCICO BLANCO) the widest runner.

Approaching the 100 metres Mr Singh was observed to shift out and away from Mr Hannam. Mr Goodwin said Mr Singh had never attempted to straighten his mount which in effect had caused Ms Hemi to take a hold and check. He believed Ms Hemi was entitled to the run and when she had been spoken to, she advised Stewards that she believed Mr Singh was never clear. In this circumstance the RIU had considered that Mr Singh had made an error as they would expect him to attempt to straighten, when in fact he had hit his horse again after moving into Ms Hemi’s line.

Mr Singh confirmed that he kept “drifting” and that whilst in his opinion Ms Hemi’s horse was not racing well enough at the time, she had still continued to use her whip even whilst in that situation.


As the charge was admitted, the Committee deem the charge to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

For the RIU Mr Goodwin submitted that the carelessness on this occasion fell at the low end. In presenting Mr Singh’s record he identified two previous breaches within the previous 12 months period: 14 September; Marton - 7 days and 19 January; Wellington - 5 days. He submitted a term of suspension as appropriate.
Mr Singh had no submissions on penalty except to indicate that he had upcoming commitments at Tauherenikau on 2 January.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee considered all submissions placed before it. We have independently assessed the level of carelessness to fall at the low end. The head-on film clearly shows that Mr Singh had simply moved into the line of REGAL ROCK when not sufficiently clear. This required Ms Hemi to check. Even though at this stage in the race Mr Singh may have been attempting to be competitive, he nonetheless must ensure that he is the required distance clear before shifting ground. The JCA Penalty Guidelines identify a starting point for low-end carelessness as a six day period of suspension, which we adopt. When we consider his good record under the Rule and his early admission of the breach the end result will be a five day period of suspension.


Taking into account Mr Singh’s desire to defer the commencement of a suspension in order to fulfil commitments at Tauherenikau, he is suspended from the conclusion of racing on Thursday 2 January until the conclusion of racing on Tuesday 7 January 2020. 

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