Ashburton RC 8 July 2021 – R 1 – Sanu Toolooa

ID: RIB3331

Sanu Toolooa - Apprentice Jockey

Mr M R Davidson, Stipendiary Steward

Mr R G McKenzie (Chair) and Mr D Anderson (Member)

Persons Present:
Mr M R Davidson - Stipendiary Steward, Mr J P Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr S Toolooa - the Respondent, Mr K J Hughes - Licensed Trainer (Class A) and Mr D M Walsh - Apprentice Jockey Mentor

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Failing to ride horse out to end of race

636(1)(d) - Riding/driving infringement



Race Date:

Race Club:
Ashburton Racing Club

Race Location:
Ashburton Raceway - Racecourse Road, Ashburton, 7700

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Sanu Toolooa suspended for 2 weeks from 17 July to 30 July inclusive


Mr Toolooa was charged that he failed to ride his mount, RUSSIAN FABLE, out when having a reasonable chance of finishing in 4th placing, being beaten by a nose.

Mr Davidson had Mr Oatham show a video replay of the final stages of the Race. He pointed out RUSSIAN FABLE, ridden by Mr Toolooa, racing in 4th position on the running rail approaching the finish of the race. Mr Oatham showed that, some two strides from the finishing line, Mr Toolooa relaxed his ride and stood in the saddle. PETE THE DRIVER (L J Allpress), finishing on wider on the track, got up to take 4th placing off RUSSIAN FABLE on the line, the official margin between 4th and 5th being a nose.

Mr Toolooa did not wish to say anything.

Mr Hughes, trainer of RUSSIAN FABLE, said that it was momentary lapse of concentration by Mr Toolooa. He had been told to ride a horse past the winning post, not to the winning post. He had ridden well up until that stage, Mr Hughes said.

Mr Walsh said that it was a clear-cut case, but not the worst. Had Mr Toolooa held 4th by a nose he would have got away with a warning, he said.


Mr Toolooa had admitted the charge.


Mr Davidson said that the Penalty Guide provides for penalty for 4th placing being deemed to have been lost of a 2-week suspension. The margin was only a nose, he said. Mr Toolooa has a clear record and has admitted the breach. Stewards saw a penalty in line with the Penalty Guide as being appropriate, Mr Davidson said.

Mr Toolooa sought a deferment until after the race meeting of South Canterbury RC on 16 July.


The starting point for penalty for failing to ride out and losing 4th placing was correctly pointed out by Mr Davidson as a 2-week suspension and the Committee sees that as being the appropriate penalty, notwithstanding Mr Toolooa’s good record and admission of the breach. There are no relevant aggravating factors.


Suspended for 2 weeks from 17 July 2021 to 30 July 2021, both dates inclusive.

Decision Date: 08/07/2021

Publish Date: 09/07/2021