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Whakatane RC 25 June 2014 - R 5

Created on 26 June 2014

ADooley (chair)
Mr S McKay - Apprentice Rider
Mr P McKay - Trainer assisting Mr S McKay
Mr J Oatham - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of race 5, Gartshore Construction 1600, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638 (1) (d). The Informant, Mr Jones, alleged that Mr McKay permitted his mount SWEETAZCUZ to shift inwards when not sufficiently clear of CALL THE SHOTS (M Cameron) which was checked near the 450 metres with CLIO also being hampered.

Mr McKay acknowledged that he understood the nature of the charge, the Rule and confirmed his admission of the breach. Mr P McKay assisted Mr S McKay 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 Oatham identified on the video films that Mr McKay allowed his mount to drift in near the 450 metres when only a bare length clear. In doing so Mr Cameron, the rider of CALL THE SHOTS, became awkwardly placed and clipped SWEETAZCUZ 's heel. He said in mitigation the horses were racing wide out on the track and had no running rail to follow. He added Mr McKay did pull off but it was too late.

Mr P McKay told the Committee although they had admitted the breach the films were not conclusive. However he conceded that Mr S McKay had misjudged the inward movement at the 450 metres which resulted in 2 horses being checked.

Mr S McKay said he tried to keep his rightful running line but conceded he “come in a bit”. He added when Mr Cameron called out to him he pulled on the outside rein to relieve the pressure. Mr S McKay acknowledged he misjudged the distance he was clear when shifting in.


As Mr McKay admitted the breach the Committee finds the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Jones produced Mr McKay’s record which showed no previous breach under this Rule from his 38 rides to date. Mr Jones said Mr McKay is relatively inexperienced and assessed the level of carelessness as mid – range. Mr Jones submitted he would let the Committee determine an appropriate penalty.

Mr McKay advised that he had upcoming commitments at Matamata on 30 June and sought a deferment to any proposed suspension.

Mr S McKay confirmed that he rode only in the North Island and added he had been ringing trainers in the central districts for rides.

In response to a question from the Committee, the Stewards had no objection to Mr McKay being classified as a North Island rider.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee carefully considered all the evidence and submissions presented. The Committee have adopted 5 riding days as the starting point in considering the term of suspension. The mitigating factors are Mr McKay’s admission of the breach, his inexperience and his good record from a limited number of rides. The aggravating fact is Mr Cameron’s mount clipped a heel when Mr McKay shifted in when only a bare length clear. The Committee considers the level of carelessness to be mid – range.

After taking into account all the above factors the Committee considers an appropriate penalty is a 4 day suspension.


The Committee grants Mr McKay’s request to seek a deferment to his suspension as per Rule 1106(2).

Accordingly, the Committee imposes a suspension on Mr McKay which will commence after racing on 30 June and conclude after racing on 10 July 2014 (4 North Island days).

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