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South Canterbury RC 11 October 2019 - R 11 (instigating a protest) - Chair, Mr D Anderson

Created on 14 October 2019

Rules:
642(1)
Committee:
DAnderson (chair)
RMcKenzie
Respondent(s):
Mr T Moseley - Rider of FIGEAMEOUT
Informant:
Mr K Asano - Rider of VERSES
Information Number:
A11852
Horse Name:
FIGEAMEOUT
Persons present:
Mr A Coles - Stipendiary Steward
Mr D Wadley - Stipendiary Steward
Mrs J Burrows - Trainer of VERSES
Mr L Robinson - Trainer of FIGEAMEOUT
Mr D Walsh - Apprentice Mentor
Evidence:

Following the running of race 11, Next Meeting Saturday 28 December 2019 Maiden 2200m, an Information was filed Instigating a Protest pursuant to Rule 642(1). The Informant, Mr K Asano, Rider of VERSES, alleged that FIGEAMEOUT or its rider placed first by the Judge interfered with the chances of VERSES placed second by the Judge.

The interference was alleged to have occurred in the final 100 metres of the race.

The Judge's placing were as follows:

1st No 9 FIGEAMEOUT
2nd No 3 VERSES
3rd No 2 FIVE PRINCES

The official margin between 1st and 2nd was ½ a head.

Rule 642(1) states: “If a placed horse or its rider causes interference within the meaning of this rule 642 to another placed horse, and the Judicial Committee is of the opinion that the horse so interfered with would have finished ahead of the first mentioned horse had such interference not occurred, they may place the first mentioned horse immediately after the horse interfered with”.

Submissions For Decision:

Stipendiary Steward, Mr Coles, showed side-on and head-on video replays of the final 200 metres of the race. FIGEAMEOUT had taken the lead and VERSES was behind that runner. VERSES then shifted out into a clear gap to the outside of FIGEAMEOUT and inside FIVE PRINCES. Shortly thereafter, FIGEAMEOUT shifted out into the line of VERSES, tightening VERSES for 2-3 strides inside the 100 metres.

All parties present said they understood the protest Rule.

Mr Asano submitted that upon shifting out from behind Mr Moseley into a clear racing line FIGEAMEOUT rolled out in front of him which forced him over extra ground. He said he had to steer around Mr Moseley’s horse and after straightening was then able to fully push his horse to the finish.

Ms Burrows agreed it was difficult to change ground and hold momentum.

Mr Moseley accepted he had run out a little but stated that VERSES had enough opportunity to get up and beat FIGEAMEOUT but was unable to do so. He added Mr Callaway the rider of FIVE PRINCES had moved in slightly which contributed.

Mr Robinson stated Mr Asano had not stopped riding throughout the incident and had plenty of time to ride out to the finish.

Mr Davidson on behalf of the Stewards said it was clear Mr Asano was hampered for a stride or two. He said he has not stopped riding but was unable to fully get at his mount until he was clear. Given the margin of ½ a head and there was some inconvenience, he could see merit in the Protest. He added the Committee need to be sure the interference was enough to reverse the placings. 

Reasons For Decision:

The Committee considered all of the submissions and reviewed the available video footage.

It was evident passing the 100 metres FIGEAMEOUT has rolled out at least a horse width. As a consequence, VERSES was forced to clear heels and shift wider on the track to obtain a clear run. In having to do so, we observed, VERSES, which was finishing fast, lost some momentum and had to be rebalanced by Mr Asano.

Over the final 100 metres when clear VERSES has run FIGEAMEOUT down to an ever-diminishing margin of a ½ a head and the Committee observed, a stride past the finishing line VERSES was in front of FIGEAMEOUT. It had made ground strongly following the interference and taken significant ground off FIGEAMEOUT.

The Committee was satisfied that FIVE PRINCES did not contribute to the interference to VERSES.

Having considered the ½ head margin, the degree of interference, and the manner in which VERSES had finished off the race the Committee was of the opinion that had such interference not occurred VERSES would have beaten FIGEAMEOUT.

Decision:

The Protest is upheld.

The amended result is:

1st   No 3 VERSES
2nd  No 9 FIGEAMEOUT
3rd   No 2 FIVE PRINCES

The Committee authorised the payment of stakes and dividends as per the amended result.

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