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Waimate RC 7 June 2013 - R 7

Created on 13 June 2013

Committee:
PKnowles (chair)
GHall
Name(s):
Mr R Hannam - Licensed Jockey
Informant
Mr M Zarb - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
A4936
Plea:
Admitted
Charge:

Following the running of Race 7, the CRT FARMLANDS HANDICAP, an information was filed by Stipendiary Steward Mr M Zarb, against Mr R Hannam, alleging a breach of Rule 638(1)(d) in that Mr Hannam, as the rider of “Ashburn Lane” in the race, that, “…passing the 1100m, R Hannam (Ashburn Lane) permitted his mount to shift inwards when insufficiently clear of Patrice (C Johnston) thereby dictating Patrice in onto Conscious Mistake (B Pitman) and Groover (A Frye) resulting in both horses being checked. R Hannam continued to shift inwards resulting in Patrice being checked.

Mr Hannam was present at the hearing and indicated that he admitted the breach.

Evidence:

Stipendiary Steward, Mr M Zarb, with the assistance of the race video, illustrated how Mr Hannam’s mount “Ashburn Lane”, which had drawn six at the barrier, gradually shifted inwards about the 1100m mark, shifting Patrice inwards onto Conscious Mistake and Groover. He also stated that Golden Globe (T Moseley), which was racing on the rail, had to be restrained. He stated that at no time was Mr Hannam’s mount clear of Patrice and the inwards movement of all three runners was due to Mr Hannam allowing his mount to shift inwards. All three inside runners had to be checked due to Mr Hannam’s actions. 

Mr Zarb said that during the Stewards' initial investigation into this incident Mr Johnson (Patrice) felt Mr Hannam was clear, but after viewing the video replays conceded that Mr Hannam’s mount was not fully clear when attempting to cross-over.  Mr Johnson had said his horse “hadn’t helped” because it was racing keenly but he accepted he had had no option but to move inwards when Mr Hannam was coming across and he had been carried in 2 horse widths.

Mr Moseley had stated that his horse was racing keenly over the early stages and was not unduly affected by the inwards movements of horses on his outer.

Mr Hannam said Mr Johnson’s horse was over-racing and had rolled in slightly before he had put pressure on him.  However, he admitted he had allowed his mount to roll inwards onto Patrice. He stated he had felt he was giving sufficient room on his inner, but conceded after watching the videos, had not been clear of Mr Johnson’s mount. 

Decision:

Mr Hannam had admitted the breach and the charge was found proved. 

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Zarb stated that due to three horses having to be checked the level of interference was in the mid to high range. Mr Hannam had admitted the charge after viewing the videos. His record for a busy senior jockey was outstanding. His last suspension for a similar breach was on the 19th August 2012, since then he had ridden approximately 640 times. Mr Zarb said the stewards were seeking a suspension of four days.

Mr Hannam said he was riding all round the country. He had admitted the charge and his record was good. He had declared rides at Waverley on Monday and was not seeking a deferment of penalty. He believed a three days’ suspension was sufficient.

Reasons For Penalty:

The committee believed the incident was mid range. Mr Johnson has had his running line dictated by Mr Hannam and he has been forced in 2 horse widths.  Three horses have had to check. At best Mr Hannam was a bare length in front.  

We took a starting point of five days’ suspension. Credit of one day was given for Mr Hannam’s early admission of the breach. Credit was also given for Mr Hannam’s excellent riding record throughout the season and the professional manner in which he conducted himself throughout the hearing. 

Taking all those factors into account a suspension of three days is appropriate. 

Penalty:

Mr Hannam’s Jockey’s Licence was suspended from the conclusion of racing on 10th June up to and including the 14th June 2013.  

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