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Otago RC 6 November 2018 - R 8 - Chair, Prof G Hall

Created on 08 November 2018

GHall (chair)
Mr R Beeharry - Class B Rider
Mr D Walsh - Apprentice Jockey Mentor assisting Mr Beeharry
Mr J McLaughlin - Stipendiary Steward
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Mr Davidson alleged that Mr Beeharry angled his mount SO NATURAL outwards passing the 200 metres in race 8, the OTAGO FARM MACHINERY RATING 65, causing YES YOU DID (Mr Lowry) to be buffeted and unbalanced and forced over extra ground.

Mr McLaughlin, Stipendiary Steward, demonstrated that in the home straight there was no run for the respondent who angled his horse out and made a run for himself. He said in so doing Mr Beeharry had unbalanced Mr Lowry and had forced his way out to get a run.

Mr Davidson said that it was a fine line between competitive and careless riding but on this occasion, Mr Beeharry had breached the rule. It was possible for a rider to ease runners out but Mr Beeharry had been too aggressive.

Mr Walsh stated that Mr Beeharry’s mount was running on strongly and that Mr Lowry was under pressure at the time. He accepted that Mr Beeharry had made contact with Mr Lowry. He thought Mr Lowry was lugging in a little at the time. Mr Beeharry had been too eager and had stormed home once he got a run.

Mr Beeharry said his horse and that of Mr Lowry had bumped but he believed both horses had over-reacted. He also believed his horse was lugging out.


As Mr Beeharry has admitted the breach, it is found to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Davidson produced the respondent’s record which evidenced three suspensions in the past year, one in December 2017 at Riccarton, another that month at Ashburton, and one on 31 March 2018 at Riverton. The suspensions on those days were 5, 6 and 8 days, respectively.

Mr Davidson said Mr Beeharry had had a number of rides since his last breach and suggested that it was a neutral factor in this instance. He believed the breach was low-range. Mr Beeharry in his view had been “too competitive”.

Mr Walsh agreed with Mr Davidson that the breach was low-range. He said Mr Beeharry had been too keen and had simply come out too soon.

Mr Beeharry asked that any suspension commence after Saturday’s racing at Riccarton.

Reasons For Penalty:

We accept that the breach is low range. There has been contact with Mr Lowry who was unbalanced and forced over extra ground. Mr Beeharry has been too eager to find a run for his mount that was clearly full of running. He only needed to be patient and a run would have come for him. The starting point is 6 national days. Mr Beeharry’s record is quite good. His last breach is over 7 months ago. He is a fairly busy rider. A day’s credit is appropriate for this and his admission of the breach.


Mr Beeharry’s licence is suspended for 5 National days. This is from the end of racing on 10 November up to and including 16 November 2018. Mr Beeharry is reminded of his obligations to ensure the safety of his fellow riders and their mounts.

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