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Waikato RC 4 October 2019 - R 8 - Chair, Mr A Dooley

Created on 05 October 2019

ADooley (chair)
Ms J Fawcett - Apprentice Rider
Mr N Harris - Apprentice Jockey Mentor
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward
Mr M Williamson - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of race 8, Lodge Christmas Raceday – Dec 21 1200, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638(1)(d). The Informant, Mr Williamson, alleged that Ms Fawcett allowed her mount MONEY TRAIL to shift out when not sufficiently clear of SCARFI which was hampered having to be steadied near the 50 metres.

Ms Fawcett acknowledged that she understood the Rule and confirmed her admission of the breach.
Mr Harris assisted Ms Fawcett at the hearing.

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

Mr Jones demonstrated the incident using the available video films. He said that passing the 100 metres Ms Fawcett was riding her mount forward with the whip. He identified that MONEY TRAIL continued to shift out and as a consequence it moved into the running line of SCARFI which had to be steadied when hampered near the 50 metres. He said that SCARFI may have finished in a better position had it not been hampered but it would not have beaten MONEY TRAIL.

Ms Fawcett said after viewing the video footage she recognised what she done wrong and stated she wanted to win the race. She accepted that she should have put her whip away and straightened up her mount when it was shifting out.

Mr Harris said the outward movement was quick and Ms Fawcett thought she was clear of SCARFI.


As Ms Fawcett admitted the breach the Committee found the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Williamson said that Ms Fawcett’s had 4 previous breaches of this Rule in the last 12 months, the most recent being on 10 March 2019. He said in mitigation MONEY TRAIL was hanging out over the final 100 metres. However, he said Ms Fawcett was determined to win the race and this may have denied SCARFI a better placing. He described the level of carelessness as low range and noted that Ms Fawcett record has improved this year.

Ms Fawcett advised that she had engagements up to and including 11 October at Timaru and asked for any proposed suspension to start after that date.

Mr Harris reiterated that Ms Fawcett record has improved this year.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee carefully considered all the evidence and submissions presented.

When reviewing the video films it was evident that Ms Fawcett permitted MONEY TRAIL to shift out when using her whip inside the final 100 metres. As a consequence that runner shifted out into the rightful running line of SCARFI which was hampered and had to be restrained near the 50 metres. The Committee notes that MONEY TRAIL won the race by 1¼ lengths and SCARFI finished in 6th place beaten 1.7 lengths. The level of carelessness displayed by Ms Fawcett was deemed to be low range.

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

The Committee considered Ms Fawcett’s record to be a neutral factor after placing weight on the fact that her previous careless riding charge occurred 7 months ago.

The mitigating factor was Ms Fawcett’s admission of the breach and she was afforded a 1 day reduction in penalty.

After taking into account all the above factors the Committee considered that 5 national riding days was an appropriate penalty.


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

Accordingly, Ms Fawcett had her license to ride in races suspended for a period to commence after racing on 11 October and conclude after racing on 18 October 2019.


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