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Wanganui JC 1 June 2019 - R 8 (instigating a protest) - Chair, Mr N McCutcheon

Created on 04 June 2019

NMcCutcheon (chair)
Mrs S Kay - Trainer of DOLCETTO (1st)
Mrs L Allpress - Rider of ROSEWOOD (2nd)
Information Number:
Horse Name:
Persons present:
Mrs L Allpress - Rider of ROSEWOOD
Mrs M Paewai - Trainer of ROSEWOOD
Ms R Myers - Rider of DOLCETTO
Mrs S Kay - Trainer of DOLCETTO
Mr N Goodwin - Stipendiary Steward

Following the running of Race 8 (AG Challenge Stakes 1600) Information No.A12887 was filed with the Judicial Committee. The Informant Mrs Allpress claimed that the first-placed horse DOLCETTO interfered with the chances of her mount ROSEWOOD who finished 2nd due to interference in the home straight.

Rule 642(1) provides:

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.

Judge’s Placings were:


The margin between 1st and 2nd was a long-neck.

Submissions For Decision:

Prior to any submissions being heard the Committee requested that all film replays be shown without any comment being made. This was to enable all persons present to be au fait with the situation at hand.

Mrs Allpress the Rider of ROSEWOOD said that the film showed that she clearly had room to improve, that she was entitled to be there racing between DOLCETTO and PLATINUM RAPPER. She said that pressure kept coming out on her from DOLCETTO and that she had to take a hold and shift to the inside of DOLCETTO and that her horse made up ground to finish only a long-neck behind at the finish of the race. She added that it was her run from the top of the straight and that the Rules state that each horse is entitled to its line of running. She concluded by saying that if she had not suffered interference she would have won the race.

Mrs Paewai the Trainer of ROSEWOOD said that she supported the submission of Mrs Allpress and added that she thought her horse was through (the gap) and that it (the race) was theirs.

Ms Myers the Rider of DOLCETTO said that she believed that she had maintained her line all the way up the straight and that the gap Lisa Allpress was pushing into was marginal and that PLATINUM RAPPER on the outside had dictated in a little bit. She said that when Mrs Allpress pulled out of the gap it was where the outside rail finished and that the horses had naturally come in. She said that ROSEWOOD had had the whole length of the straight to improve into the so-called gap which closed the last 50m and that Ms Allpress’ horse had had every opportunity. She added that all of the horses were battling on a very heavy track. Ms Myers finished her submission by saying that if her horse had shifted it was very minimal and that the outside horse had shifted in a little.

Mrs Kay the Trainer of DOLCETTO said that she agreed with Ms Myers that her horse went quite straight, and that in the heavy conditions it was not easy for any of the horses as they were all battling, and if you try to go between horses it would be difficult especially near the end of a race when they are all tired and battling.

Mr Goodwin the Stipendiary Steward was invited to comment on the alleged interference by the Committee. He said that at the top of the straight there was a brief window of opportunity for Mrs Allpress to improve into but at that point of the race she had not established herself in the gap. He then said that as they came down the straight that Mrs Allpress attempted to force a run between DOLCETTO and PLATINUM RAPPER and in doing so came into contact with the back-end of DOLCETTO and turned that runner out. He said that in the Stewards opinion the gap was still not there and that Mrs Allpress took another option near the 100m and made a run to the inside of DOLCETTO. He concluded by saying that it appeared to him that DOLCETTO was comfortably holding off ROSEWOOD at the end of the race.

Reasons For Decision:

After reviewing the film replays at some length the Committee made the following observation.

Early in the run home ROSEWOOD was racing behind and between DOLCETTO on the inside and PLATINUM RAPPER to its outside. As the three horses approached the 150m the gap between DOLCETTO and PLATINUM RAPPER was marginal and at that point Mrs Allpress when attempting to improve ROSEWOOD between those two horses made contact with the hindquarters of DOLCETTO and turned that runner out with the gap eventually closing. Mrs Allpess then steadied her mount and shifted to the inside of DOLCETTO for a clear run to the line. ROSEWOOD did make up ground from that point to be beaten for first placing by a long neck.

The Committee was satisfied that interference had occurred near the 150m, however it was not satisfied that the cause of such interference was attributable to DOLCETTO as it was forced out due to the pressure on its hind quarters and that it did not shift off line of its own volition.


The Protest Second against First considered under the provisions of Rule 642(1) was dismissed with the Judge’s placings to stand.

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