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Waikato RC 2 May 2015 - R 3

Created on 04 May 2015

ADooley (chair)
Ms S Spratt - Rider of ULTIMATE IMAGE
Mr M Williamson -Stipendiary Steward
Mr J Oatham - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of race 3, Brighthill Farm 1200, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638 (1)(d). The Informant, Mr Oatham, alleged that Ms Spratt permitted her mount ULTIMATE IMAGE to shift inwards when not sufficiently clear of ELUSIVE GOLD (L Magorrian) which clipped a heel and blundered near the 700 metres.

Ms Spratt acknowledged that she understood the nature of the charge, the Rule and confirmed her 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 ULTIMATE IMAGE racing in a 3 wide position passing the 800 metres. He said directly inside of ULTIMATE IMAGE was ELUSIVE GOLD, at this point Ms Spratt allowed her mount to shift in when a bare length clear. As a result ELUSIVE GOLD clipped a heel of ULTIMATE IMAGE and blundered losing ground. He pointed out on the film that shortly after the incident Ms Spratt was racing in a 2 wide position.

Ms Spratt told the Committee that she thought she was clear at the time the interference occurred. In her opinion it was not clear that ELUSIVE GOLD had clipped heels with her mount.


As Ms Spratt admitted the breach we find the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham produced Ms Spratt’s record which showed 5 previous breaches under this Rule in the last 12 months, the most recent being on 4 April which incurred a 4 and 6 day suspensions. He said the level of carelessness was at the low end but the interference was worse than that because Mr Magorrian lost ground when checked. Mr Oatham submitted the overall interference was low to mid – range and a penalty in line with that would be appropriate.

Ms Spratt advised that she had no upcoming engagements and any proposed suspension could commence immediately.

In response to a question from the Committee, Ms Spratt advised that she was intending to ride all over the North Island in the up - coming weeks and had no intention of riding in the South 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 factors are Ms Spratt’s admission of the breach and the level of carelessness was at the low end. The aggravating fact was Ms Spratt’s record which we assess as poor.

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


Accordingly, Ms Spratt had her license to ride in races suspended for a period to commence after racing on 2 May and conclude after racing on 13 May 2015 (5 North Island days).

The penalty did not include any South Island meetings as Ms Spratt confirmed that she did not intend riding there.

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