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Counties RC 18 September 2011 – R 3 (instigating a protest)

Created on 19 September 2011

ADooley (chair)
Mr J Collett– Rider of NOBLE WARRIOR
Mrs T Shaw – Trainer of NOBLE WARRIOR
Mr W Hillis – Trainer of MAJOR RIO
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Persons present:
Mr A Coles – Stipendiary Steward
Mr T Arumugam– Rider of MAJOR RIO

Following the running of Race 2 Mr W Hillis, Trainer of the second placed horse MAJOR RIO, lodged a protest pursuant to Rule 642(1).He alleged that NOBLE WARRIOR, placed first by the judge, caused interference to MAJOR RIO in the final straight.

The judge’s placings were as follows:
4th ISHIGOOD no.6
The official margin between 1st and 2nd was ¾ of a length.
Submissions For Decision:

Mr Hillis demonstrated the alleged incident using all the available video films. He said he was concerned with the outward movement of NOBLE WARRIOR in the final 50 metres of the race. When questioned by the Committee Mr Hillis conceded that Mr Arumugam did not have to stop riding MAJOR RIO in the final straight nor was there any contact made between the two horses.
Mr Arumugam said NOBLE WARRIOR had shifted ground out towards his mount over the final 50 metres of the race. He also conceded that no contact occurred nor did he have to stop riding his mount.
Mrs Shaw said no contact occurred and Mr Arumugam did not stop riding his mount. She believed there was no doubt NOBLE WARRIOR should retain the win.
Mr Collett demonstrated the video films and submitted at no point was there any contact between the two horses and Mr Arumugam continued to ride his mount forward to the finish line. He said MAJOR RIO did not make any ground on NOBLE WARRIOR in the final 100 metres.
Mr Coles when asked for his assessment said there was no doubt that NOBLE WARRIOR did move out. However he did not believe a change of placings was warranted as no contact occurred and MAJOR RIO did not take any ground off NOBLE WARRIOR in the last 100 metres.
Mr Hillis when given the opportunity to sum up had nothing more to add.

Reasons For Decision:

The committee carefully considered all evidence and submissions and reviewed the video films. We concede that NOBLE WARRIOR did shift outwards over the final 50 metres. However at no stage did Mr Arumugam have to stop riding MAJOR RIO. There was no contact between the two horses and MAJOR RIO was not taking any ground off NOBLE WARRIOR over the final 100 metres. The official margin at the finish was a convincing ¾ of a length.
For these reasons we are clearly not satisfied that MAJOR RIO would have beaten NOBLE WARRIOR.


Accordingly the protest is dismissed and the judge’s placings shall stand.

In conclusion we order the payment of stakes and dividends.
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