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Waikato RC 18 May 2019 - R 1 - Chair, Mr A Dooley

Created on 20 May 2019

ADooley (chair)
Mr R Elliot - Apprentice Rider
Mr N Harris - Apprentice Jockey Mentor
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of race 1, Dunstan Feeds 2100, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638 (1)(d). The Informant, Mr Jones, alleged that Mr Elliot permitted his mount AMORATA to shift inwards when not sufficiently clear of GABRIEL which was checked near the 350 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 Elliot said that he understood the Rule and confirmed he admitted the breach.

Mr Harris assisted Mr Elliot at the hearing.

Mr Oatham demonstrated the incident using the available video footage. He said that Mr Elliot was looking for racing room near the 350 metres when he allowed his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of GABRIEL. As a consequence that runner was checked. He said Mr Elliot was unaware that GABRIEL was racing 1 length in arrears of him on his inside.

Mr Elliot said that he was held up for a run around the final turn and he made a quick decision to shift inward. He said that Ms Collett, the rider of GABRIEL did not call out to him.

Mr Harris said that Mr Elliot made a sight error of judgement and the incident was minor.


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

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Jones produced Mr Elliot’s record which showed that his previous careless riding breach occurred on 22 September 2017. He said this was a very good record and to Mr Elliot’s credit he admitted the breach. He added that Mr Elliot has had 654 rides in the last 12 months. He described the level of carelessness as low range and penalty in line with that would be appropriate.

Mr Elliot advised that he had engagements up to and including 23 May at Counties and any proposed suspension could start after that date. Mr Elliot confirmed that he had spoken to Mr Rogerson.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee considered all the evidence and submissions presented.

When reviewing the video films the Committee found that Mr Elliot permitted his mount to shift inwards near the 350 metres when only ¾ of a length clear of GABRIEL. As a result that runner had its rightful running line taken and suffered a minor check. The Committee deemed the level of carelessness displayed by Mr Elliot was low range.

The JCA Penalty Guide starting point for low range carelessness is 6 national riding days which was adopted.

There were no aggravating factors that warranted an uplift in penalty.

The mitigating factors were Mr Elliot’s admission of the breach and his exceptional record for a busy Apprentice rider. The Committee notes that Mr Elliot’s last careless riding charge occurred on 22 September 2017. It is also significant that NZTR records show that Mr Elliot has had 654 rides in the last 12 months. For these collective factors we afforded Mr Elliot a 2 day deduction from the 6 day starting point.

After weighing up all the circumstances in this case the Committee considered that an appropriate suspension was 4 national riding days.


The Committee grants a deferment to Mr Elliot’s suspension pursuant to Rule 1106(2).

Accordingly, Mr Elliot had his license to ride in races suspended for a period to commence after racing on 23 May and conclude after racing on 29 May 2019.

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