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Riverton RC 31 March 2018 - R 6 - Chair, Prof G Hall

Created on 03 April 2018

GHall (chair)
Mr J Lowry - Class A Jockey
Mr McLaughlin - Stipendiary Steward
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 6, the CARRIERS ARMS HOTEL RIVERTON CUP, an information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr Davidson, against Mr Lowry, alleging careless riding in that he allowed his mount GALLANT BOY to shift outwards near the 1900 metres checking TIMY TYLER (B Murray).

Mr McLaughlin demonstrated on the films that shortly after the start the respondent made an angled run towards the rail and, in so doing, came under the neck of the mount of Mr Murray.

When questioned by the Committee, he said it was quite an angled run and that Mr Lowry was clearly not his length and another clear of Mr Murray.

Mr Lowry said he had made an error of judgment. He had come across and he had difficulty in getting the horse to settle, as it was “a bit keen”. He said his plan was to follow Mr Mudhoo.


As Mr Lowry has admitted the breach, we find the breach proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Davidson produced the respondent’s record, which evidenced four previous breaches of this rule since June 2017. The latest was at Wingatui on 25 January when Mr Lowry received a 6-day suspension. Mr Davidson described the breach as low to mid range. He believed a starting point in the range of six to eight days was appropriate and, considering the number of rides that the respondent has, his record was a neutral factor.

Mr Lowry did not disagree and asked for a deferment of penalty until after the meeting at Riccarton. Mr Davidson stated he had no objection to this.

Reasons For Penalty:

We believe Mr Davidson’s assessment of the gravity of the breach is accurate. We take into account that this is a listed race and adopt an eight-day starting point, which is at the low end of mid range. We have considered whether to uplift for record but on reflection have accepted that as the respondent is a busy South Island rider, we will not, but we emphasise to Mr Lowry any further breach is not likely to be similarly regarded. We give a one day reduction for the respondent’s ready admission of the breach.


Mr Lowry is suspended from end of racing on 7 April up to and including 18 April. This is seven national days.

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