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R Te Aroha 6 April 2019 - R 8 - Chair, Mr A Dooley

Created on 08 April 2019

Rules:
638(1)(d)
Committee:
ADooley (chair)
GJones
Name(s):
Mr M Coleman - Rider of SUPERA
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward
Informant
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
A11508
Plea:
Admitted
Charge:
Careless Riding
Evidence:

Following the running of race 8, Fibre Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (Group1), an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638 (1)(d). The Informant, Mr Oatham, alleged that Mr Coleman allowed his mount SUPERA to shift out when not sufficiently clear of LE CASTILE which was dictated out crowding THE REAL BEEL which was checked near the 100 metres.

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

Mr Coleman said that he understood the Rule and confirmed that he admitted the breach.

Mr Jones demonstrated the incident using the available video footage. He said that passing the 200 metres Mr Coleman angled his mount out when no more than a bare length clear of LE CASTILE. When shifting out Mr Coleman continued to ride forward whilst using his whip. As a result LE CASTILE was crowded onto THE REAL BEEL who was endeavouring to take a run between LE CASTILE and LUVALUVA. He added as a consequence THE REAL BEEL ran out of room.

Mr Coleman accepted that he shifted out and closed the gap on THE REAL BEEL. However, he believed that LE CASTILE shifted away from SUPERA on its own accord. On that basis Mr Coleman submitted that he was not entirely at fault as LE CASTILE has contributed to the interference suffered by THE REAL BEEL. He added that he was committed to take the run on the outside of NICOLETTA prior to the interference occurring.

Decision:

As Mr Coleman admitted the breach the Committee found the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham produced Mr Coleman’s record which showed 2 previous breaches under this Rule in the last 12 months. He said Mr Coleman has had 427 rides in the last 12 months. He said Mr Coleman’s record was good and described the level of carelessness as low to midrange. He said that SUPERA laid out near the 100 metres and proved a difficult ride. In conclusion Mr Oatham said the Committee must take into consideration that the carelessness occurred in a Group 1 race.

Mr Coleman advised that any proposed suspension could start after racing at Counties tomorrow. He said the level of carelessness was low range and submitted that there were some mitigating factors in the incident.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee considered all the evidence and submissions presented.

The Committee found that Mr Coleman permitted his mount to shift out 2 horse widths passing the 150 metres when ¾ of a length clear of LE CASTILE. Mr Coleman erred in striking SUPERA with the whip on 2 occasions when his mount was shifting outwards. As a result LE CASTILE was dictated out and crowded THE REAL BEEL who was checked. In mitigation the head on film showed that THE REAL BEEL was already being tightened for room between LE CASTILE and LUVALUVA prior to Mr Coleman shifting ground. Accordingly, the Committee accepts Mr Coleman’s submission on this point.

The Committee deemed the level of carelessness to be in the low to midrange.

The JCA Penalty Guide starting point for low to midrange is 7 days which was adopted.

Under the provisions of Rule 920(2) the aggravating factors were the incident occurred in a Group 1 with $200,000 stakes payable. For these collective factors a 3 day uplift in penalty was applied.

The mitigating factors were Mr Coleman’s admission of the breach and his good record. For these collective factors we afforded Mr Coleman a 1 day reduction in penalty.

After taking into account all the above factors the Committee considered that an appropriate suspension was 9 national riding days.

Penalty:

Accordingly, Mr Coleman had his license to ride in races suspended for a period to commence after racing on 7 April and conclude after racing on 22 April 2019.

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