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Matamata RC 26 September 2018 - R 8 (instigating a protest) Chair, Mr A Dooley

Created on 27 September 2018

Rules:
642(1)
Committee:
ADooley (chair)
Respondent(s):
Ms K Coxon - Trainer of AMEN CORNER
Informant:
Mr T Pike - Trainer of HARBOURSIDE
Information Number:
A10080
Horse Name:
AMEN CORNER
Persons present:
Mr N Harris - Apprentice Jockey Mentor assisting Mr Yanagida
Mr M Coleman - Rider of HARBOURSIDE
Mr T Yanagida - Apprentice rider of AMEN CORNER
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Evidence:

Following the running of race 8, Waikato Stud – Six Time Breeder of the Year 1400, an Information was filed Instigating a Protest pursuant to Rule 642(1). The Informant, Trainer, Mr T Pike, alleged that AMEN CORNER or its rider placed 2nd by the Judge interfered with the chances of HARBOURSIDE placed 3rd by the Judge.

The interference was alleged to have occurred in the final straight.

The Judge's placing were as follows:

1st No. 9 SCARFI
2nd No. 2 AMEN CORNER
3rd No. 14 HARBOURSIDE
4th No. 1 ACRE

The official margin between 2nd and 3rd was a short neck.

Rule 642(1) states: “If a placed horse or its rider causes interference within the meaning of this rule 642 to another placed horse, and the Judicial Committee is of the opinion that the horse so interfered with would have finished ahead of the first mentioned horse had such interference not occurred, they may place the first mentioned horse immediately after the horse interfered with”.

All connections present acknowledged they understood the Rule.

Submissions For Decision:

Mr Pike said that near the 300 metres and again near the 100 metres AMEN CORNER shifted in about 2 horse widths when not clear of HARBOURSIDE. He said as a result HARBOURSIDE’S progress was hampered on 2 occasions when the horse was trying to improve its position.

Mr Coleman said that he had established a run to the inside of AMEN CORNER passing the 300 metres when that runner shifted in when not sufficiently clear. He said HARBOURSIDE lost momentum when it received interference from AMEN CORNER. He said that passing the 100 metres AMEN CORNER shifted in again and HARBOURSIDE never got a chance to get clear running. He said had the interference not occurred HARBOURSIDE would have beaten AMEN CORNER.

Mr Yanagida stated that he rode in a careless manner in the final straight when he allowed his mount to shift in 2 horse widths on 2 occasions. He accepted that his actions affected the chances of HARBOURSIDE finishing ahead of AMEN CORNER.

Ms Coxon said that she agreed with Mr Yanagida’s interpretation of the incident.

Mr Oatham on behalf of the Stewards said at the 300 metres HARBOURSIDE had ample room to improve until AMEN CORNER shifted into its running line. He said the interference cost HARBOURSIDE approximately ¾ of a length. He added that near the 100 metres AMEN CORNER again shifted into the running line of HARBOURSIDE. He said had the interference not occurred HARBOURSIDE would have finished ahead AMEN CORNER.

Reasons For Decision:

The Committee carefully considered all of the submissions and reviewed the video films.

The Committee found that near the 250 metres HARBOURSIDE was improving to the inside of AMEN CORNER and it had established clear running. Shortly after AMEN CORNER shifted in about 2 horse widths when it was not sufficiently clear. As a consequence HARBOURSIDE was forced in off its rightful running line. It was clear that HARBOURSIDE lost momentum when it suffered interference from AMEN CORNER.

The Committee also found that passing the 100 metres AMEN CORNER again shifted in when being ridden forward with the whip. At no stage was AMEN CORNER the required distance clear of HARBOURSIDE which was forced in onto EL COOLIO.

Having considered the degree of interference, the manner in which both horses finished the race off and the short neck margin at the finish the Committee is of the opinion that HARBOURSIDE would have finished ahead of AMEN CORNER had such interference not occurred.

Decision:

The protest was upheld and the amended placings were:

1st No. 9 SCARFI
2nd No. 14 HARBOURSIDE
3rd No. 2 AMEN CORNER
4th No. 1 ACRE

The Committee authorised the payment of stakes and dividends in accordance with its decision.

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