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Taranaki TRI 1 December 2016 - R 5 (request for ruling) - Chair, Mr N McCutcheon

Created on 05 December 2016

NMcCutcheon (chair)
Stipendiary Steward(s):
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward
Mr M Cameron - Licensed Jockey, MR B Clement - Starter
Information Number:

Following the running of Race 5, (Epplett Sign Maiden), Information A7302 was filed with the Judicial Committee. It asked that the committee consider whether GRAZIA had obtained a fair start.

Rule 632(1) provides
If, in the opinion of the Judicial Committee, a horse which does not finish in the first three placings 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 by its own accord), the Judicial Committee may declare such horse to be a non-starter.

Submission For Decision:

Mr Cameron said that GRAZIA was very restless in its barrier stall and was not ready to jump. He said that he called for some assistance but was not sure if the Starter had heard him. He said that the start was then made and he was slow away. He said that at that time the Assistant had not arrived to assist him. He added that the Starter may not have heard him call as he was drawn one from the outside and that the Starter was positioned to the inside of the running rail as he was required to start the race manually (this was due to an electrical fault with the stalls). Mr Cameron concluded by saying that he believed that his horse did not get a fair start.

Mr Clement, the Starter, said that he heard Matt (Cameron) call and then his Assistant said “alright to go” and that he then pulled the lever.

Stipendiary Steward, Mr Jones was invited to comment by the committee. He said that it was unusual in that it was a manual start and that it was clear that assistance had not arrived prior to the start being made. However he added that, in his opinion, the horse was slow away of its own accord after being restless in its barrier stall.

Reasons For Decision:

It was apparent to the committee that GRAZIA, who started one from the outside of the field, was restless in its barrier stall prior to the start being made. When the Starter effected the start, GRAZIA was still restless and as a consequence was slow in jumping away. The committee determined that the horse was not prevented in any way from jumping on terms with the field and was slow to begin of its own accord.


In exercising its discretion under the provisions of Rule 632(1) the committee did so in favour of declaring GRAZIA to have been a runner.

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