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Wanganui JC 29 November 2014 - R 9 (instigating a protest)

Created on 01 December 2014

NMoffatt (chair)
Mr F Auret - Trainer of ROHAISE
Mr R Hannam - Rider of MATO GROSSO
Information Number:
Horse Name:
Persons present:
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward
Mr N Goodwin - Stipendiary Steward
Mr D Turner - Rider of ROHAISE
Mr N Auret - Owner of ROHAISE
Mr A Tweedie - Owner representing Trainer of MATO GROSSO

Following Race 9, The Wanganui Steelformers 1600, a protest was lodged pursuant to Rule 642(1) by Mr R Hannam alleging that horse number 1 (ROHAISE) or its rider placed 3rd by the Judge interfered with the chances of horse number 8 (MATO GROSSO) placed 4th by the JUDGE.

The information alleged interference over the final stages.

Judge's placings were:

1st BRAVE KAT (6)
3rd ROHAISE (1)
5th WIGGLE (9)

The official margin between 3rd and 4th was a nose.

Submissions For Decision:

Mr Hannam lodged the protest and told the committee that Mr Turner, who was racing to his inside, moved out on at least two occasions and made contact with him impeding his progress. In addition Mr Turner struck Mr Hannam’s mount over the head with the whip which caused his horse to lose further momentum. Over the final stages of the race Mr Hannam was making up ground on Mr Turner and ended up being only beaten by a nose. Mr Hannam said he started off being five or six horse widths off the fence but by halfway down the straight he was on the outside.

Mr Tweedie agreed that his horse had been inconvenienced. He said MATO GROSSO was a big- striding horse who took a lot of getting going. He asked the committee to look at the mowing strips on the head-on video to show how much extra ground MATO GROSSO had been forced over and concluded by saying a nose margin at the finish was not much to get beaten by. Without the interference it was his opinion that MATO GROSSO would have beaten ROHAISE.

Mr Fraser Auret, the trainer of ROHAISE, said that MATO GROSSO was not really impeded by the interference and did not have to change leg. In his opinion it had its chance to get past ROHAISE. He said it was good competitive riding but his horse was always going to beat it. Mr Turner, the rider of ROHAISE, had nothing to add.

For the stewards Mr Goodwin ascertained from Mr Hannam that he had been moved outwards 3 ½ horse-widths. He said an aggravating factor in the incident today was Mr Turner’s accidental strike over the head of Mr Hannam’s mount. He said it was the stewards’ opinion that the protest had merit.

Mr Nigel Auret said that the whip incident happened far enough away from the finish that had Mr Hannam’s mount had the capability; it would have gone past ROHAISE.

Reasons For Decision:

In coming to a decision the committee carefully considered all of the evidence presented and viewed all available films several times. We found that interference occurred in the form of:

1) Physical contact on two occasions when ROHAISE moved in and bumped MATO GROSSO

2) MATO GROSSO being forced over extra ground when ROHAISE dictated its line of running

3) MATO GROSSO being struck over the head with the whip by the rider of ROHAISE

The interference began soon after the horses entered the home straight and continued through until the 100m where MATO GROSSO could be seen to flinch when struck across the head by the other rider’s whip. As Mr Hannam pointed out during the enquiry, he had to have been racing slightly behind ROHAISE for his horse to have been hit over the face and yet he was beaten by only a nose at the finish.

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

Taking into account the three aspects of interference, the nose margin and in particular the manner in which MATO GROSSO was making up ground on ROHAISE at the finish, the Committee was satisfied that, had the interference not occurred, MATO GROSSO would have finished ahead of ROHAISE.


Accordingly the protest was upheld and amended placings now read:

1st BRAVE KAT (6)
4th ROHAISE (1)
5th WIGGLE (9)

Dividends were directed to be paid accordingly.

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