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NZ Metro TC 20 March 2020 - R 8 (instigating a protest) - Chair, Mr S Ching

Created on 27 March 2020

SChing (chair)
Mr T Williams - Open Horseman
Mr N Ydgren - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number:
Horse Name:
Persons present:
Mr T Williams - Open Driver
Mrs J Young-Grant - Open Driver

Following the running of Race 8, Peninsular Beachfront Resort Mooloolaba Handicap Trot, an Information instigating a protest was filed by Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr N Ydgren, alleging interference near the 40m by 2nd placed THE PLAYER, driven by Mr T Williams to 4th placed, SHE’S ALL THE CRAZE, driven by Mrs J Young-Grant.

The Judge's placings in this race were as follows.

2nd THE PLAYER (7)
5th  BRIGHT GLOW (1)
6th  VALLEY STAR (10)

The official margins between 2nd , 3rd and 4th was a ½ head, nose.

Rule 869A(2) provides as follows.

(2) When a placed horse or its driver causes interference to another placed horse and the Judicial Committee is satisfied that the horse interfered with would have finished ahead of that horse that, or whose driver, caused the interference the Judicial Committee must, in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed, place the horse that, or whose driver, caused the interference immediately after the horse interfered with.

Submissions For Decision:

Mr Ydgren gave evidence and showed the relevant films of the alleged interference. He pointed out THE PLAYER, driven by Mr Williams, in the lead position as the field turned for home with, SHE’S ALL THE CRAZE, driven by Mrs Young-Grant in the trail. Mr Ydgren pointed out SHE’S ALL THE CRAZE who shifted down into the passing lane as soon as the lane became available. He stated that it was clear on the films that SHE’S ALL THE CRAZE had a slight tendency to run out, which is noticeable by the horse's head carriage, and comes out to meet THE PLAYER on several occasions prior to the incident.

Mr Ydgren stated that as both horses raced towards the 50m, THE PLAYER, shifts marginally inwards and as result of that movement, the two runners lock wheels, right through to the end of the race. He stated that SHE’S ALL THE CRAZE has come from behind THE PLAYER and made up over a length in the final straight but was unable to get past Mr Williams due to locking wheels.

Mrs Young-Grant gave evidence confirming that her horse was running out and believed that the incident was the fault of both runners. She believed that THE PLAYER was running away from the whip when Mr Williams was using it, causing the movement inward from his horse. She added that the movement was ever so marginal, that caused the wheels to lock. Mrs Young-Grant stated that she felt like she would have gone past THE PLAYER but conceded that Mr Williams had not turned his stick or activated any gear until such time as her horse got to the girth of THE PLAYER. She conceded that the incident was the fault of both runners and in her opinion the blame was 40/60 in favour of her horse.

Mr Williams, THE PLAYER, stated that there were 3 factors to consider in relation to this incident.

- He said that it is clear on the films that he was still driving THE PLAYER with both hands on the reins from the 200m to the 100m and had not moved to activate any removable gear or turn his whip. As a result, he said, he was still holding Mrs Young-Grant the length of the straight and she had at least 100 to 150m to get past him. He submitted that Mrs Young-Grant has cost him the race by locking wheels in the final 50m and taking all his momentum away.

- Mr Williams stated that Mrs Young-Grant drew the whip and used it on 3 or 4 occasions as she was shifting into the passing lane and has allowed the horse to shift out as she was rolling into momentum and has never really been positioned far enough in the passing lane and as a result has not allowed enough room to get around his wheel eventually locking wheels.

- Mr Williams submitted that at no point was she in front of him for the length of the straight. In answer to a question from the Committee, Mr Williams stated that his movement was minimal, with Mrs Young-Grant’s horse shifting out substantially in the home straight, leaving no margin for error when attempting to improve on his inner, was the cause of this incident.

Reasons For Decision:

We carefully considered the evidence given and the video coverage of the incident. The Committee was satisfied that THE PLAYER was the lead horse as the field turned for home and maintained a true line to the post apart from minimal movement just prior to the wheels locking. The Committee was satisfied that SHE’S ALL THE CRAZE shifted down into the passing lane, when under a drive and was tending to run out for the entire straight. We found that SHE’S ALL THE CRAZE continued on under a drive, positioned to the outer limits of the passing lane, allowing little room for error, when attempting to pass THE PLAYER. Mrs Young-Grant has allowed her horse, under a drive, to continue a constant drift outward for the entire straight and did not allow enough room for error between herself and Mr Williams to safely negotiate past THE PLAYER when the opportunity arose. We also found that there was ample room in the passing lane for the entire straight for Mrs Young-Grant to improve on the inside of THE PLAYER.

The Committee finds that SHE’S ALL THE CRAZE was the major contributor to this incident with THE PLAYER'S contribution minimal.

We therefore determined that after taking all factors into consideration, and based on the balance of probabilities, we were not satisfied that SHE’S ALL THE CRAZE but for the alleged interference by THE PLAYER, SHE’S ALL THE CRAZE would have beaten THE PLAYER to the finish.

We therefore determined that the protest be dismissed.


Accordingly, the protest was dismissed.

It was ordered that dividends and stakes be paid in accordance with the official judge’s placings.

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