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Taranaki TRI 27 December 2019- R 4 - Chair, Mr N McCutcheon

Created on 31 December 2019

NMcCutcheon (chair)
Mr D Turner - Rider of RELIABLE MISS
Mr N Goodwin - Stipendiary Steward
Ms R Myers - Rider of SWEET DREAMS
Mr D Balcombe - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Mr Goodwin showed the films and identified the horses as RELIABLE MISS (Mr Turner) on the inside with SWEET DREAMS (Ms Myers) to its outer with DUNDRUM (Mr Grylls) on the outside.

He said that Mr Turner made his own run by shifting out, he said that you could see that Mr Turner turned his horse’s head out and came out when not the required distance clear of SWEET DREAMS, who in turn went out onto DUNDRUM. He added that there was some inward movement by SWEET DREAMS and DUNDRUM.

Mr Turner did not question Mr Goodwin’s evidence.

Ms Myers said that her horse was green in that it was running about a bit. She said that Mr Turner did come out for a run and that she had to take a hold of her horse. She said that at the time they were racing side by side and that her horse overreacted.

In answer to questions from Mr Turner, Ms Myers said that her horse was not going good; was racing greenly and that you just came out for a run.

Mr Turner for his part said that both SWEET DREAMS and DUNDRUM rolled about and shifted in. Mr Turner said that he angled out and may have dictated her (Ms Myers) for 6 strides, but that he did not do it carelessly and that contact was not made. He added that he came out gradually and that it was not a sharp movement over a short period of time.

Submission For Decision:

Mr Balcombe said that there was not a run for Mr Turner and that he just angled out and that Ms Myers had to take evasive action, making contact with Mr Grylls’ mount. He added that SWEET DREAMS was racing greenly.

Mr Turner said that Mr Grylls was on an inward movement and that Ms Myers did not shift to avoid him. He said that she just became unbalanced and then she tried to re-balance her horse.

Reasons For Decision:

After considering all of the evidence the Committee found that near the 100m Mr Turner angled out for a run when not sufficiently clear of SWEET DREAMS who was dictated outwards onto DUNDRUM.

As a consequence of that movement SWEET DREAMS became unbalanced and had to be steadied. The Committee noted that SWEET DREAMS and DUNDRUM had shifted about prior to Mr Turner angling out. Although the charge was defended Mr Turner did say that he may have dictated SWEET DREAMS out for six strides.


The charge of careless riding preferred against Mr Turner was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Balcombe said that Mr Turner had a good record under the Rule, having only two careless breaches in the last 12 months, with the latest being in November 2019. The earlier breach was in March 2019.

He said that during that time Mr Turner has had 413 Raceday rides. Mr Balcombe placed the breach in the low-end.

Mr Turner’s only comment regarding penalty was that following today’s Meeting he was suspended up to the end of racing on 2 January 2020 (unrelated matter).

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee took into account Mr Turner’s very good record under the careless riding Rule, the greenness of SWEET DREAMS, the low-level carelessness exhibited by Mr Turner and the JCA penalty starting point (6 days) for such a breach.

Giving due regard to all those matters it was determined that a 5 riding day suspension was a suitable sanction.


Mr Turner’s Jockey’s Licence was suspended from the close of racing on 2 January through to the end of racing on 7 January 2020.

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