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Wyndham RC 10 March 2019 - R 7 - Chair, Mr P Knowles

Created on 13 March 2019

Rules:
638 (1) (d)
Committee:
PKnowles (chair)
GHall
Name(s):
Miss J Fawcett - Apprentice Jockey
Mr C Campbell - Apprentice Jockey
Mr Walsh - assisting Miss Fawcett
Informant
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
A9074
Plea:
Denied
Charge:
Careless riding
Evidence:

Following the running of race # 7 the Advance Agriculture/Titiroa Transport an information was lodged alleging that Miss J Fawcett was in a breach of r 638 (1) (d) “…that she allowed her mount BENLACHIE to shift in crowding and checking RAISE YA CARDS (C Campbell) near the 50 metres.”

Rule 638 (1) (d) reads:

A rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Judicial Committee considers to be:

(d) careless.

Miss Fawcett did not admit the charge and appeared at the hearing assisted by Mr Walsh.

Submission For Decision:

With the use of the videos Mr Davidson pointed out the relevant positions of BENLACHIE and RAISE YA CARDS in the home straight approximately 200 metres from the finish. He stated that BENLACHIE was about one horse width off the running rail and chasing the leader RUAKIWI BLAZE. RAISE YA CARDS had been making ground from the turn and Mr Campbell shifted inwards to the running rail to secure a run. About the same time as RAISE YA CARDS secured the run Miss Fawcett used the whip three times on BENLACHIE which resulted in BENLACHIE shifting inwards checking RAISE YA CARDS about the 50 metre mark. Mr Campbell had to stand up in his irons to check his mount. He said Miss Fawcett corrected her mount but the damage had been done.

Mr Campbell stated that he was trying to improve inside BENLACHIE. He had room to improve but was tightened for room when Miss Fawcett’s mount shifted onto his mount. He had to take a hold and he lost ground and a position at the finish.

Miss Fawcett stated her mount was hanging inwards a little bit in the straight. She struck the horse with the whip three times and when her mount shifted inwards she corrected it immediately. She was obligated to ride her horse out to the finish and she had done so. Mr Walsh stated the gap Mr Campbell was attempting to take was marginal.

Reasons For Decision:

Miss Fawcett was racing about one horse width off the running rail in the home straight. About the 50 metre mark she struck her mount BENLACHIE three times with the whip. This resulted in her mount shifting inwards and crowding RAISE YA CARDS which was attempting to improve on her inner. Mr Campbell (RAISE YA CARDS) stated he had room to improve but had to check his mount when tightened by BENLACHIE on his outer. The check cost him a placing.

Miss Fawcett stated her mount was hanging and wanting to run inwards. When her mount shifted inwards under the whip she had corrected it immediately. She stated she was under an obligation to ride her mount out to the finish and she had done so.

While every jockey has an obligation to ride their mount out to the finish they are also obliged to do so without causing interference to other runners. Miss Fawcett made the error of using her whip on her mount which was hanging inwards and wanting to run inwards. As a result RAISE YA CARDS was checked and lost its position about 50 metres from the finish.

Decision:

The charge is found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Davidson stated that Miss Fawcett was a very busy rider all-round the country. However, she had seven careless riding charges inside the past 12 months. This breach was low end and there were some mitigating factors. He sought an uplift for her record.

Miss Fawcett said she had 7 rides today. She sought a deferment of any suspension until after Ashburton on the 14th March.

Reasons For Penalty:

We take a starting point of six days suspension. We increase that to 7 days for the level of interference which cost a runner a placing and also Miss Fawcett’s poor record. Miss Fawcett asked for a deferment to allow her to ride at Ashburton on the 14th March.

Penalty:

Miss Fawcett is suspended from the completion of racing at Ashburton on the 14th March up to and including the 23rd March (7 days).

On the 12th March Miss Fawcett requested the committee to alter the dates of her suspension. She applied for her suspension to start at the completion of racing on the 13th March, and up to and including the 22rd March. Her request was made prior to rider declaration for Ashburton on the 14th March.

The committee considered her request and it was granted.

Miss Fawcett’s Apprentice Jockey Licence is suspended from the end of racing on the 13th March and up to and including the 22 March (7 days).

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