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Taumarunui RC 5 July 2014 - R 6

Created on 07 July 2014

ADooley (chair)
Mr M Cameron - Rider of ADDICTIVE HABIT
Mr M Williamson -Stipendiary Steward
Mr J Oatham - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of race 6, Woods Group Taumarunui Gold Cup, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638 (1) (d). The Informant, Mr Oatham, alleged that Mr Cameron allowed his mount ADDICTIVE HABIT to shift out passing the 100 metres, when not sufficiently clear of WANABEFAMOUS, causing interference to that runner.

Mr Cameron acknowledged that he understood the nature of the charge, the Rule and confirmed his admission of the breach.

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

Mr Williamson identified on the video films that passing the 100 metres Mr Cameron was riding his mount out with vigour. In doing so he said Mr Cameron shifted out 2 to 3 horse widths and caused interference to WANABEFAMOUS. He added there was no evidence to suggest Mr Cameron stopped riding forward.

Mr Cameron told the Committee that ADDICTIVE HABIT had hung throughout the race and he tried to keep him running in a straight line in the final straight. Mr Cameron conceded that he caused interference to WANABEFAMOUS but it was not intentional.


As Mr Cameron admitted the breach we find the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham produced Mr Cameron’s record which showed no previous breach under this Rule in the last 12 months. He said this was an excellent record and assessed the level of carelessness as low to mid – range. He noted Mr Cameron shifted out a good 2 horse widths and made no attempt to straighten his mount. He said the aggravating fact was the interference resulted in ADDICTIVE HABIT being relegated from its dead heat win and the breach occurred in a Listed race worth $65,000. Mr Oatham submitted a 5 to 6 days suspension would be an appropriate penalty.

Mr Cameron advised that he had no upcoming commitments at and any proposed suspension could commence immediately. He added that it was his intention to ride all over the country.

Mr Cameron acknowledged the aggravating facts surrounding today’s breach.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee carefully considered all the evidence and submissions presented. We have adopted 5 riding days as the starting point in considering the term of suspension. The mitigating facts are Mr Cameron’s outstanding record as a very busy rider under this Rule and his admission of the breach. The aggravating facts are the breach occurred in a Listed race worth $65,000 and his carelessness which we assess as low to mid – range resulted in ADDICTIVE HABIT being relegated from 1st equal place.

After taking into account all the above factors we consider an appropriate penalty is a 5 day suspension.


Accordingly, we impose a suspension on Mr Cameron which will commence after racing on 5 July and conclude after racing on 16 July 2014 (5 days).

The Committee note that Mr Cameron is not eligible to have July 9 (Jumps day) included in his penalty. However, all other race days are included in his penalty.

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