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Hawke's Bay RI 5 October 2019 - R 3 - Chair, Mrs N Moffatt

Created on 07 October 2019

NMoffatt (chair)
Ms C O'Beirne - Apprentice Rider
Ms K Clapperton - Central Districts Apprentice Mentor
Mr D Balcombe - Stipendiary Steward
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Careless Riding

Following the running of Race 3 (TUMU ITM 1200), an Information was lodged by Mr Oatham alleging a breach of Rule 638(1)(d) in that C O’Beirne angled her mount RAINBOW DUNDEE outwards near the 250m when not sufficiently clear of TIMES TICKING which was hampered having to avoid that runners heels.

At the outset of the hearing, Ms O’Beirne confirmed she understood the Rule and that she admitted the breach. She was assisted by Ms Clapperton.

The incident occurred near the 250m when Ms O’Beirne was racing back on the fence on RAINBOW DUNDEE. Suddenly she angled out sharply and took the line of Mr Riddell who was forced to take evasive action by steading to avoid heels. As a result he lost significant momentum yet his mount ran on over the final stages to get 6th. The side-on view, indicated Ms O’Beirne to be only 1 length clear of Mr Riddell when she crossed.

Ms O’Beirne said she simply erred in her judgement.


As Ms O’Beirne admitted the breach, it was deemed to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham said Ms O’Beirne had an excellent record until today having been charged with careless riding in Race 2. The Stewards considered her level of carelessness to be reasonably high but said the degree of interference was less so. Looking at the incident in its entirety Mr Oatham said Ms O’Beirne’s culpability was, in his opinion, just above midrange.

Ms O’Beirne was invited to make submissions on penalty but declined to do so.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee considered all submissions. Ms O’Beirne made a very sharp and sudden outward movement resulting in her crossing Mr Riddell’s mount when only approximately 1 length clear of that runner. The interference resulted in a loss of momentum to TIMES TICKING who finished off the race well to run into 6th place. It was perhaps fortunate that Mr Riddell was an experienced rider and was able to take immediate evasive action otherwise, the consequences may have been more severe.

It was the opinion of the Committee that the incident was higher than midrange and we adopted a starting point of 9 days suspension. In mitigation, we considered Ms O’Beirne’s ready admission of the breach and notwithstanding her charge in the previous race, her record to be good.

It was our opinion that an 8-day suspension was an appropriate penalty. This is to follow on from the suspension imposed after Race 2 today.


Accordingly, Ms O’Beirne’s license is suspended from the close of racing on Wednesday October 23rd up to and including racing on Saturday November 2nd 2019.


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