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Avondale JC 10 November 2017 - R 7 - (request for a ruling) - Chair, Mr A Dooley

Created on 13 November 2017

Rules:
632(1)
Committee:
ADooley (chair)
ASmith
Stipendiary Steward(s):
Mr A Coles - Stipendiary Steward
Name(s):
Mr T Harrison - Official Starter, Mr B Sargent - Assistant Starter, Mr L Noble - Trainer of ORPHEA, Mr L Innes - Rider of ORPHEA
Information Number:
A8894
Evidence:

Following the running of Race 7, NZB INSURANCE PEARL SERIES RACE, Stipendiary Steward, Mr Coles, lodged an Information requesting a ruling in relation to Rule 632 to establish whether ORPHEA was denied a fair start due to mechanical failure of the gates.

Rule 632 provides “If, in the opinion of the Judicial Committee, a horse which does not finish in the first three placing’s was prevented from taking an effective part in a race owing to the mechanical failure of starting stalls, or is denied a fair start and such occurrence materially prejudiced the chances of that horse (but not where the horse is slow away of its own accord), the Judicial Committee may declare such horse to be a non-starter.”

Submission For Decision:

Mr Coles demonstrated on the video footage that when the gates opened ORPHEA’S stall only partially opened. He said as a consequence ORPHEA was slow away and in his opinion the horse was denied a fair start.

Mr Noble said that it was clear that ORPHEA’S chances were affected when her gate was slow to open. He said it was their intention to be racing on the speed from a good barrier.

Mr Innes said that ORPHEA’S chances were clearly affected due to a mechanical failure of the gates. He said that his horse was denied a fair start.

Mr Harrison and Mr Sargent agreed with all the submissions that had been presented.

Reasons For Decision:

The Committee carefully considered the submissions presented and reviewed the video footage.

It was evident that when the gates opened ORPHEA’S stall was slow to open and as a consequence the horse settled at the rear of the field. In our opinion ORPHEA was prevented from taking an effective part in the race due to mechanical failure of the starting stalls.

Decision(s):

Accordingly, pursuant to Rule 632 the Committee exercised its discretion and declared ORPHEA to be a non –starter.

The Committee ordered dividends and stakes to be paid in accordance with this decision.

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