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Wanganui JC 1 June 2013 - R 4

Created on 04 June 2013

NMoffatt (chair)
Mr B Lammas - Licensed Jockey
Mr N Goodwin Stipendiary Steward
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Following the running of Race 4, the Listed John Turkington Forestry Castletown Stakes 1200m, an Information was lodged by Mr N Goodwin alleging a breach of Rule 638(1) (d) in that Mr Lammas allowed his mount to shift in with approximately 50 metres to run and caused a check to OPTIMISTIC L Allpress.


Mr Goodwin read the rule and Mr Lammas said he understood the nature of the charge and confirmed that he admitted the breach.

Mr Goodwin showed the head-on, side-on and rear view films of the incident which occurred over the final stages. Mr Lammas was wide out on the track in a position “one- in” from the outside. Inside the final 100 metres, when riding with vigour, his mount MOSSIMO moved inwards running away from the whip. Mr Lammas was not clear of OPTIMISTIC and as a result Mrs Allpress had to check her mount. Mr Goodwin said while the check was not severe Mrs Allpress did lose some momentum. He said Mr Lammas was not the required distance clear of the horse to his inside and did not straighten his horse up as it moved inwards.

Mr Lammas said when he felt his horse move off its line he did pull its head out but it happened quickly and caught him off guard. He heard no one call out so presumed he was clear and as it was a Listed race he resumed riding strongly to the line.

In response to questions from the committee Mr Lammas said he had not ridden the horse before today but the trainer told him it was the horse’s first time in blinkers and that he might “hang”. It was noted that MOSSIMO had raced on three previous occasions with comments in the race book from its first start saying “green throughout” and on its third start saying “awkward ride”. Mr Goodwin said all 2yr olds were green and he did not accept that Mr Lammas had tried to straighten his mount or stop riding.


As Mr Lammas admitted the breach we found the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Goodwin said Mr Lammas had a very good record as his name did not appear on the Stewards’ penalty sheet. The Judicial Committee advised that our records showed his last charge to be on 19th November 2011. Mr Goodwin said Mr Lammas rode predominantly in the Central Districts and the South Island but also occasionally in the North. This was a Listed race and the Stewards believed that Mr Lammas “threw caution to the wind” over the final stages of the race. While Mrs Allpress did not have her chances of finishing in a better position affected she did have to check her mount. The Stewards’ submission was for a suspension of 5 days.

Mr Lammas told the committee that he wasn’t trying to ride carelessly and he did his best once he felt his horse moving inwards. His submission was for a four day suspension. Mr Lammas advised the committee that he had commitments at Wairarapa on Monday June 3rd and Matamata on Wednesday June 5th.

Reasons For Penalty:

In coming to a decision on an appropriate penalty the committee took into account all of the submissions and adopted, as a starting point, a period of five days suspension. The aggravating factor in this charge against Mr Lammas was the fact that this was a Listed Race with stake money of $50,000. Breaches of the rules in black type races normally attract a higher penalty. In mitigation was Mr Lammas’ admission of the breach and his record. It has been 18months since his last careless riding charge which we consider an excellent record.

We did not agree with the Stewards' statement that Mr Lammas “threw caution to the wind”. He was riding a 2 yr old horse that had had 3 starts prior to today. In two of those starts it had displayed wayward tendencies and was racing for the first time today in blinkers. The movement inwards was sudden, Mr Lammas did not have much time to react but he did show some attempt to turn his horse’s head outwards therefore we placed his degree of carelessness at the lower end. In addition, the check received by Mrs Allpress did not affect her horse’s chances.

Balancing up all of these factors it was our opinion that a four day suspension was an appropriate penalty.


Mr Lammas is suspended from the close of racing on Wednesday June 5th up to and including racing on Sunday June 9th. Race days in this period are:

6/6/13 Taranaki

7/6/13 Waimate

8/6/13 Wellington

9/6/13 Otago

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