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Waikato RC 2 May 2015 - R 10

Created on 04 May 2015

ADooley (chair)
Mr M Coleman - Rider of DALEZINGA
Mr A Coles - Stipendiary Steward
Mr J Oatham - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of race 10, Curraghmore 1600, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638(1)(d). The Informant, Mr Oatham, alleged that near the 375 metres Mr Coleman allowed his mount DALEZINGA to shift out when not sufficiently clear of SEIZE THE MOMENT (D Johnson) and CHIPANDCHASE (M McNab) who were both checked.

Mr Coleman 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 Coles identified on the video films that near the 375 metres Mr Coleman angled his mount out to get a run. He said at no point was Mr Coleman clear to shift out which resulted in SEIZE THE MOMENT being checked and also CHIPANDCHASE to a lesser degree. He noted that DALEZINGA did move out further than Mr Coleman had intended to.

Mr Coleman told the Committee that it was an error on his part. He advised us that he was following SEIZE THE MOMENT and was of the view it was drifting back when he angled his mount out. He was therefore surprised to see on the video footage that this resulted in SEIZE THE MOMENT being checked for a few strides.


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

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham produced Mr Coleman’s record which showed 3 previous breaches under this Rule in the last 12 months, the most recent being on 22 November 2014 which attracted a 4 day suspension. He said it was 6 months since Mr Coleman last breached this Rule and he assessed the interference as mid – range. He submitted a suspension in line with that would be appropriate.

Mr Coleman advised that he had upcoming engagements at Rotorua on 9 May, and any proposed suspension could commence after that.

Mr Coleman confirmed that he rode predominantly in the North Island.

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 for this careless riding charge. The mitigating fact was Mr Coleman’s admission of the breach. We assess his overall record as average but note that it was 6 months since his last breach, we consider this to be a neutral factor. The films show that Mr Coleman was not the required distance clear when shifting ground which resulted in 2 horses being checked, we assess the interference as close to mid – range. This was an aggravating fact.

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


We grant Mr Coleman’s request to seek a deferment to his suspension as per Rule 1106(2).

Accordingly, Mr Coleman had his license to ride in races suspended for a period to commence after racing on 9 May and conclude after racing on 21 May 2015 (5 North Island days).

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