Amberley RC 25 June 2022 – R2 – Kylie Williams

ID: RIB9690

Kylie Williams - Jockey

John Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

O K Jarvis / R McKenzie

Persons Present:
Ms Williams, Ms Algar - Stipendiary Steward, Mr Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Careless riding

638(1)(d) - Riding/driving infringement


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
Canterbury Jockey Club

Race Location:
Riccarton Park - 165 Racecourse Road, Christchurch,

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Riccarton Park

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Rider Kylie Williams suspended for 4 days


Following the running of Race 2, the Grand National Festival Tickets on Sale Now 1400m, an Information was filed by Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr J Oatham, against Ms Kylie Williams, alleging careless riding, in that she permitted her mount, I’M A TIGER, to shift inwards when not clear of TAKE A RISK, ridden by Mr Kozzi Asano when passing the 1100 metre mark.

Rule 638(1)(d) reads as follows;

“(1) A Rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Adjudicative Committee considers to be:

    (d) careless”

Ms Williams had indicated on the Information that this breach of the Rules was admitted, which she confirmed at the hearing.


Mr Oatham, with the assistance of Ms Algar, used the race films to show Ms Williams approaching the 1100 metre mark. Ms Williams was three out and Mr Asano was racing on the rail. Ms Williams shifted her mount inwards into the line of Mr Asano’s mount, TAKE A RISK, which was then slightly checked.

Ms Williams agreed that it was clear, however, she highlighted that when she decided to go forward and move across she had looked over her shoulder and was clear. She then said that Mr Toolooa’s mount was pursuing to continue going forward and as a result Ms Williams decided she would take a hold of her mount when she thought she was clear. She accepted that when she did this she was not clear and restricted Mr Asano. Ms Williams submitted that these were contributing factors.


As Ms Williams had admitted the breach, the charge was found to be proved.


Mr Oatham stated Ms Williams’ record showed two prior breaches on 25 February 2022 at Riccarton where she received a 4 day suspension for a low range breach and 18 April 2022 at Riverton where she received a 7 day suspension for an above mid range breach. He submitted her record was a neutral factor.

Mr Oatham considered this to be a low range breach. He referred to the explanation given by Ms Williams about the contributing factors and agreed with them outlining she should have continued moving forward.

In reference to the Penalty Guide Mr Oatham submitted that a starting point of a 5 day suspension was appropriate.

Ms Williams requested a deferment of penalty until after racing on 30 June at Riccarton.


The Adjudicative Committee finds that this breach is low range, accordingly the starting point adopted is a 5 day suspension. The mitigating factors are Ms Williams’ record and her admission of the breach. A discount of 1 day is appropriate to reflect these factors.

A 4 day suspension is the appropriate penalty in this case.

Ms Williams’ application for a deferment of penalty until after racing at Riccarton on 30 June 2022 was granted.


Ms Williams is suspended for 4 days from the end of racing on 30 June 2022 up to and including 6 July 2022.

Decision Date: 25/06/2022

Publish Date: 30/06/2022