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Manawatu RC 3 April 2021 - R 6 - Chair, Mrs N Moffatt

Created on 06 April 2021

NMoffatt (chair)
Mr W Pinn - Apprentice Rider
Ms K Clapperton - Central Districts Apprentice Mentor
Mr N Goodwin - Stipendiary Steward
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 6, Higgins Concrete Manawatu Classic (Group 3), an Information was lodged by Mr Oatham alleging a breach of Rule 638 (1) (d) in that W Pinn (JOY ALONE) allowed his mount to shift inwards over the final stages when not sufficiently clear of SEAJETZ (D Johnson), DAQUIANSWEET JUNIOR (O Bosson) and YOLO (T Thornton) which were crowded.

Three video angles (head-on, side-on, and rear view) were available for review. Using the head-on view Mr Goodwin pointed to Mr Pinn racing wide out on the track. All runners to his inside were maintaining a straight line. Riding vigorously Mr Pinn began to move inwards over the final stages of the race crowding runners to his inside. Mr Goodwin said Ms Johnson on SEAJETZ had no choice but to check out of her run. Mr Bosson was directed inwards causing YOLO to be checked near the winning post. Mr Goodwin said there may have been a very slight outward movement from Kylie Williams' mount but this was negligible.

Mr Pinn agreed that his mount had shifted inwards but said the horses inside of him had come out at the same time like a “V”, squeezing Ms Johnson out of the gap. He said this made the incident look worse than it was.

Mr Oatham said any shift from the inside horses was insignificant with the movement coming from the outside.

Ms Clapperton said that Mr Pinn’s mount was a “bit green” and when it came up to the other horses it tended to lay in on them.


As Mr Pinn admitted the breach, it was deemed to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham submitted that the interference was in the midrange. Mr Pinn did not take any corrective action and the three horses interfered with potentially had their final placings in the race affected. Mr Pinn’s riding record since resuming after a long break shows only 1 careless riding charge which was on the 21st March at Te Aroha. This was described as a low-level breach for which he received a 3-day suspension and a $250 fine.

Mr Pinn said he would leave it up to the Committee to decide on penalty. He advised of riding commitments through until the April 10th.

Ms Clapperton said Mr Pinn was a competitive young man who was riding in a lot of races. She asked the Committee to take into account the fact that he admitted the breach.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee considered all submissions. It was our opinion the carelessness sat above midrange. Mr Pinn allowed his mount to move inwards approximately 3 horse widths without any correction, affecting three horses at a critical stage of the race. We were not persuaded that Ms Williams' mount moved outwards and contributed to the incident.

As a result of the interference all three runners had their chances affected to some degree. We adopted a starting point of 6 days suspension and a $500 fine. Aggravating factors were the Group 3 status of the race and the fact that Mr Pinn won the race. For this we applied a two-day uplift and an increase in monetary penalty. A one-day discount was afforded for Mr Pinn’s good record and admission of the breach.

Balancing up all factors an appropriate penalty is one of 7 days suspension, and a fine of $800.


Accordingly, Mr Pinn’s license is suspended from the close of racing on Saturday April 10th, up to and including racing on Wednesday April 21st, 2021. In addition, he is fined the sum of $800.

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