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Whangarei R C 1 August 2015 - R 7 - Chair, Mr R Seabrook

Created on 03 August 2015

RSeabrook (chair)
Miss A Collett - Rider of CHARLIE FARLEY
A Coles - Stipendiary Steward
Mr M Williamson - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following Race 7, the Cowley's Hire Centre 1400 an information was filed by the informant, Mr M Williamson. He alleged that near the 400 metres Miss A Collett riding CHARLIE FARLEY allowed her mount to shift out when not clear of SEA OF SPEED ( V Colgan) which was dictated into the line of OUR QUEEN BEE ( J Oliver) which was checked.

Rule 638(1)(d) reads that: no rider shall ride a horse in a manner which the judicial committee considers to be careless.

Mr Coles demonstrated the video films pointing out the racing positions of the horses involved in the incident. The horses were racing wide on the track with OVERNIGHTSENSATION (S Collett) being directly in front of CHARLIE FARLEY (A Collett). On her outside was SEA OF SPEED (V Colgan) and behind her was OUR QUEEN BEE (J Oliver). Mr Coles then showed at a point approaching the 400 metres Miss A Collett turn her horse's head out and angle out from behind OVERNIGHTSENSATION to obtain clear running. This outward movement resulted in Miss A Collett take the rightful line of running of SEA OF SPEED when not the required distance clear of that runner. Mr Coles said this further resulted in OUR QUEEN BEE, who was behind the pair, being severely checked. He concluded by saying there was some contribution to the incident by OVERNIGHTSENSATION who moved out ahead of CHARLIE FARLEY but a lot of the blame belonged to Miss A Collett who was not clear of Mr Colgan.

Miss A Collett said Mr Coles had summed it up well but added that that she had been dictated out by Miss S Collett who was ahead of her.  She said she was not aware of Mr Colgan on her outside but conceded she should have been in more control of the situation by riding more tightly.


As the breach was admitted we find the charge proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Williamson said Miss A Collett had an excellent record with no breaches in the last 12 months.  He stated that today's incident was unfortunate as a contributing factor was the outward movement of Miss S Collett.  However he conceded Mr Oliver received a reasonably severe check caused mainly by Miss A Collett moving out.  He also said that although OVERNIGHTSENSATION had moved out there was a gap between that horse and CHARLIE FARLEY.  Mr Williamson concluded by saying he did have some sympathy with Miss A Collett and submitted a 3 day suspension would be appropriate.

Miss A Collett said she rode all over New Zealand.  She then told the committee she had one ride at Riccarton 5 August but had already been released from that ride so she could start any suspension after today's racing.

After further questioning from the committee to Mr Williamson he produced Miss A Collett's riding record.  This confirmed Miss A Collett had a recent history of riding in the Central Districts on Industry days.

Reasons For Penalty:

The committee carefully considered all the evidence and submissions.  Mitigating factors are Miss A Collett's excellent record and her admission of the breach.  However in aggravation two horses were checked because Miss A Collett had moved into the line of SEA OF SPEED when not the required distance clear of that runner.  It was noticeable the check to OUR QUEEN BEE was quite a severe one.  Further to this and after reviewing the head on film several times the committee was satisfied that OVERNIGHTSENSATION did not contribute to the incident as there was always a considerable gap between CHARLIE FARLEY and OVERNIGHTSENSATION.  This was a case of Miss A Collett angling out to gain a better run but not being the required distance clear of Mr Colgan when doing so.

The committee assesses Miss Collett's carelessness to be mid-range.


The committee has adopted the 5 day suspension as a starting point in assessing penalty.  We have not taken into account the Riccarton meeting on 5 August as Miss Collett said she was not going there.  After carefully considering all the above the committee is satisfied a 4 day suspension is an appropriate penalty.  Accordingly Miss A Collett is suspended from after racing today 1 August until after racing on 9 August 2015 (4 North Island days).

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