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South Canterbury RC 4 April 2018 - R 9 - Chair, Mr S Ching

Created on 08 April 2018

SChing (chair)
Miss T Jonker - Licensed Class B Apprentice Rider
Mr D Walsh - Apprentice Jockey Mentor assisting Miss Jonker
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Mr J McLaughlin - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 9, the Berkley Stud Stayers 2100m, an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr J McLaughlin, against Class B Rider, Miss T Jonker, in that she allowed her mount TRAVEL WISE, to shift out when not clear of STONEMASON, ridden by Mr K Kwo, which was checked near the 350m.

Rule 638(1)(d) provides as follows:

“(1) A Rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Judicial Committee considers to be:
(d) careless”

Miss Jonker had indicated on the Information that this breach of the Rules was admitted, and she confirmed this at the hearing. Miss Jonker also agreed that she understood the charge and the Rule it was brought under. Mr D Walsh, NZTR Apprentice Mentor, assisted Miss Jonker at the hearing.

Mr McLaughlin, with the assistance of Stipendiary Steward, Mr M Davidson, gave evidence and used video coverage to show that approaching the 350m, TRAVEL WISE, ridden by Miss Jonker, was racing 2 off the rail and midfield. Mr Davidson pointed out Miss Jonker with STONEMASON, ridden by Mr K Kwo, PRECIOUS PERCY, ridden by Mr L Callaway and SATIN GURU, ridden by Mr S Muniandy, racing to her outside. He stated that these three runners were racing tightly with pressure from the inside prior to Miss Jonker arriving. Mr Davidson said that Miss Jonker improved her mount on the inside of STONEMASON, when looking for clear running, and shifted out into the line of STONEMASON, and as a result was checked.

Mr Walsh said the whole situation was a shambles with the 3 horses on the outside in tight quarters as well as in front of Miss Jonker, Mr Johnson was trying to push Mr Lowry out to gain clear running. He said the horses Miss Jonker was following were interfering with each other and it was almost as if her horse had checked itself out of the way to avoid those runners.

Miss Jonker stated that TRAVEL WISE was well known for hanging out and normally wears a pricker but did not today. She said that the horse raced on the rail for most of the race which upset him quite a bit and she continually had to straighten him during the running.


As Miss Jonker had admitted the breach, the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr McLaughlin stated that Miss Jonker had admitted the breach and had an excellent penalty record with no breaches showing over the previous 12 months. Mr McLaughlin said that the breach was low level with no aggravating factors and submitted a suspension taking those factors into account, be considered as penalty in this case.

Mr Walsh stated that Miss Jonker’s record, considering the number of rides she has had in the last 12 months, was excellent and should be taken into consideration.

Deferment was not discussed as there were no relevant meetings for Miss Jonker over the next applicable 7 days. Riders for Riccarton on 7 April were declared and any suspension would begin after that meeting.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide provides a starting point of a 6 National day suspension for a low-level breach of this rule. There were no aggravating factors to consider, therefore no uplift in penalty was warranted. However, Miss Jonker’s excellent record and her admission of the breach are mitigating factors, worthy of a combined discount. This discount we set at 1 day. We therefore determined that a 5 day suspension was an appropriate penalty.


Miss Jonker’s licence is suspended from the conclusion of racing at Riccarton on 7 April up to and including 15 April 2018.

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