Amberley RC 25 June 2022 – R7 – Rohan Mudhoo

ID: RIB9695

Rohan Mudhoo - Jockey

John Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

O K Jarvis / R McKenzie

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

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Careless riding

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


Animal Name:
Mr Rafiki


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 Rohan Mudhoo suspended for 4 days.


Following the running of Race 7, the Optimise Fertilisers and Equi-Lise 1400m, an Information was filed by Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr J Oatham, against Mr Rohan Mudhoo, alleging careless riding, in that he permitted his mount, MR RAFIKI, to shift inwards crowding three runners, all of which were hampered.

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”

Mr Mudhoo had indicated on the Information that this breach of the Rules was admitted, which he confirmed at the hearing.


Mr Oatham, with the assistance of Ms Algar, used the race films to show Mr Mudhoo approaching the 1000 metre mark. Ms Algar pointed out the four horses involved. Ms Allpress on FINAL SAVINGS was racing on the rail at the back of the field. Outside of her was Mr Carmine on THISTLE DO and outside him was Mr Montes De Oca on DRAKE BAY.

Ms Algar said Mr Mudhoo’s mount shifted inwards quickly. Ms Algar outlined that Ms Montes de Oca’s mount was laying in which contributed to the incident as well as Mr Carmine’s mount which was racing ungenerously. Ms Algar said that Mr Mudhoo’s horse has moved in quickly and Mr Mudhoo attempted to pull it’s head back out to relieve pressure.

Mr Mudhoo accepted it was fairly straightforward and outlined that he had to relieve the pressure as soon as he realised what was occurring.


As Mr Mudhoo had admitted the breach, the charge was found to be proved.


Mr Oatham said Mr Mudhoo’s record was excellent and he had no breaches of this Rule.

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

Mr Mudhoo requested a deferment of penalty until after 30 June at Riccarton.


Ordinarily, given this involved three horses being hampered this breach would be classified as more serious. However, given the contributing factors relating to the way the other horses were running the seriousness is lowered. Furthermore, it is evident that Mr Mudhoo attempted instantly to relieve the pressure he caused. It is due to these factors that the Adjudicative Committee agrees this is appropriately considered a low range breach. Accordingly, a starting point, as per the Penalty Guideline, of 5 days is appropriate.

Credit must be given to Mr Mudhoo’s excellent record as well as his frank admission.

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

Mr Mudhoo’s application for a deferment of penalty until after racing at Riccarton on 30 June 2022 was granted.


Mr Mudhoo 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