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Manawatu RC 13 November 2020 - R 2 - Mr N McCutcheon

Created on 18 November 2020

NMcCutcheon (chair)
Mr R Elliot - Licensed Jockey
Mr M Williamson - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Weighed out without leathers and irons

Following the running of Race 2 (Bramco Granite & Marble/Feilding Flooring Xtra 3yo), Information A14108 was filed with the Judicial Committee. It was alleged that Mr Elliot weighed out to ride MEGLIO DI FALCREST without leathers and irons.

Rule 649(1)(a) states-  A Rider must not: do or permit any wrongful act or omission with respect to weight or weighing.

Mr Elliot said that he understood the Rule, the charge that had been preferred and that he admitted the breach.

Mr Williamson said that Mr Elliot weighed out for MEGLIO DI FALCREST at 55.5kg and after weighing out his gear was inspected by the Clerk of the Scales Mr Baron, who observed that the saddle did not have leathers and irons attached. Mr Elliot re-weighed with all of the gear and was .5kg overweight.

Mr Baron confirmed to the Committee as to what had taken place at the scales.

In answer to a question from the Committee Mr Elliiot said that he left the gear off in an attempt to make the weight.


Due to the breach being admitted the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Williamson said that Mr Elliot had a number of weight offences but that this was the first time he had breached Rule 649(1)(a). He added that it was a serious charge and submitted that a fine be imposed, as a suspension would not help Mr Elliot’s weight problems. He added that Mr Elliot did not attempt to deny what he had done and admitted the breach immediately on being questioned by the Stewards.

Mr Elliot said that it was a silly thing to do and that he should have waited a little longer before weighing out, as he then went to the toilet and would have made the weight.

Reasons For Penalty:

There is not a JCA starting point for a breach of Rule 649(1)(a) accordingly it is fact dependent.

The Committee in determining a suitable penalty took into account the admission of the breach, Mr Elliot’s record, his frankness with the Stewards together with the relative seriousness of the breach. The sanction imposed should be sufficient to not only penalise the Respondent but also be a deterrent to others.


Mr Elliot was Fined $500.


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