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Canterbury R 4 December 2015 - R 6 - Chair, R McKenzie

Created on 08 December 2015

RMcKenzie (chair)
J R Lowry
Licensed Apprentice Jockey (Class B)
Willie Harnett
Apprentice Jockey Mentor
Mr J M McLaughlin - Stipendiary Steward
J P Oatham
Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 6, Accessman City Maiden, an information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr J P Oatham, against Licensed Apprentice Jockey (Class B), Mr J R Lowry, alleging that Mr Lowry, as the rider of PROSPERITY in the race, “shifted inwards approaching the 1000 metres causing VELLUTO (S T Collett) to be checked and PATRICKTHEUNICORN (T M Direen) to be crowded”.

Mr Lowry was present at the hearing of the information and he indicated that he admitted the breach. Mr Lowry was assisted at the hearing by Apprentice Jockey Mentor, Mr Willie Harnett.

Rule 638 provides as follows:

(1) A Rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Judicial Committee considers to be:

    (d) careless.

Mr Oatham had Stipendiary Steward, Mr J M McLaughlin, show video replays of the incident after approximately 600 metres of the 1600 metres race, approaching the bend out of the back straight. He pointed out PROSPERITY, ridden by Mr Lowry, racing 3-wide and progressing forward to the outside of VELLUTO (S C Collett). Mr Lowry then took a hold of his mount and shifted inwards. Miss Collett was unable to relieve the pressure as Mr Lowry shifted across to the one-out line and she was forced to heavily restrain and was checked. Mr Lowry was barely a length in front of Miss Collett, Mr McLaughlin submitted.

Mr Lowry said that the video was “pretty clear” and he was experienced enough to know better and to carry on before easing up, he said. He said that he had been clear but had inconvenienced the runners behind him.

Mr Harnett submitted that Mr Lowry was clearing the inside runners but needed to continue forward for several more strides.


Mr Lowry having admitted the breach, the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham told the Committee that Mr Lowry had two previous breaches of the careless riding Rule on his record – at Ashburton on 11 February 2015 (2 days) and at Otago on 22 April (2 days). Mr Oatham said that he agreed that, had Mr Lowry allowed his mount to “run on”, he probably would have cleared Miss Collett without any issues. He had made an error of judgement in taking hold of his mount at the same time. Miss Collett had to take a hold of her mount, which had reacted “a little badly”. Stewards assessed the incident as being towards the lower end of the careless riding scale, Mr Oatham said. Mr McLaughlin said that Mr Lowry is a “sought after” apprentice rider and would have at least 4-5 rides per raceday. His record was not an aggravating feature, Mr Oatham submitted. In addition, Mr Lowry had admitted the breach he said.

Mr Oatham said that Mr Lowry’s previous suspension was almost 8 months ago.

Mr Harnett said that Mr Lowry had made an error of judgement and that the interference was on the low side in the final part of his manoeuvre. Mr Lowry is a popular rider, Mr Harnett submitted, and his record was good in the circumstances.

Mr Harnett, on Mr Lowry’s behalf, informed the Committee that Mr Lowry was seeking a deferment of any term of suspension to enable him to fulfil riding engagements at the Otago meeting on 9 December.

Reasons For Penalty:

Mr Lowry is a South Island rider and, in the case of a South Island rider, the Penalty Guide provides for a starting point of a 3 days’ suspension for a breach of the careless riding Rule. The Committee adopted that as a starting point for penalty in this case.

The Committee agreed with Mr Oatham that the degree of carelessness was quite low. It was no more than an error of judgement on his part in taking hold of his mount a stride or two before completing his inwards movement. In the circumstances, the Committee was satisfied that an uplift in the starting point was not called for.

Mitigating factors were Mr Lowry’s admission of the breach and his record which the Committee considered to be good having regard to the fact that his last suspension was almost 8 months ago and having regard, also, to the number of mounts that, the Committee is aware, Mr Lowry would have had since that time.

The Committee determined that Mr Lowry was entitled to a discount of 1 day from the starting point of 3 days for those factors.

The Committee granted Mr Lowry’s application for a deferment to after the Otago meeting on 9 December. 


Mr Lowry’s Apprentice Jockey’s licence was suspended for a period commencing after the close of racing on 9 December 2015 up to and including Friday, 18 December 2015 - 2 riding days. The meetings intended to be encompassed by the suspension Southland RC on 12 December and Ashburton RC on 18 December.

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