Canterbury JC 1 September 2022 – R2 – Samantha Wynne

ID: RIB10791

Samantha Wynne - Jockey

Veronica Algar - Stipendiary Steward

Stewart Ching

Persons Present:
John 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: Jockey Samantha Wynne is suspended for 5 days


Following the running of Race 2, the Respondent Class A Rider Samantha Wynne admitted a charge of careless riding which was filed pursuant to Rule 638(1)(d).  The Information alleged that as the Rider of SOOO DUSTY she allowed her mount to shift inwards when not sufficiently clear crowding OUR ROSETTE which was checked near the 800 metres.

The Respondent acknowledged she understood the Rule and confirmed her admission of the breach.

Rule 638(1) (d) provides: A Rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Adjudicative Committee considers to be careless.

Using the available race films Stipendiary Steward Ms Algar, with the assistance of Chief Stipendiary Steward, John Oatham, demonstrated the incident and identified the horses and Riders concerned.

Chief Stipendiary Steward Mr Oatham said that approaching the 800 metre mark the Respondent has shifted ground inwards when attempting to shift in from a 3 wide to a 2 wide position, when not clear of OUR ROSETTE. Mr Oatham stated that the movement was gradual with Ms Wynne only a bare length clear of OUR ROSETTE when that horse was crowded and had to check.

In response, the Respondent stated that the Rider of OUR ROSETTE was looking for cover and should have eased back allowing her to improve across to the position outside the leader. This, she stated, would have provided OUR ROSETTE with cover. This, she stated, contributed to the incident.


As the Respondent admitted the breach the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved.

Submission for Penalty:

Stipendiary Steward Ms Algar produced the Respondent’s  riding record which indicated 2 previous breaches under the Careless Riding Rule in the last 12 months, namely 6 November 2021 at Riccarton – 7 days and 7 May 2022 at Riccarton – 6 days.

The Respondent Ms Wynne has had 197 mounts in the past 12 months, 50 mounts since her last breach.

Stipendiary Steward Ms Algar said Stewards assessed the level of carelessness to be in the low to mid-range.

In terms of any proposed penalty, the Respondent Ms Wynne submitted that she did not seek any deferment of penalty.

Reasons for Penalty:

After considering all submissions, the Adjudicative Committee determined the Respondent’s carelessness to be in the low / mid range and accordingly adopted a 6-day suspension as the starting point.

The Respondent’s riding record is treated as a neutral factor and a 1-day reduction was applied to the 6-day starting point for her admission of the breach.


Ms Wynne is suspended from the conclusion of racing on 3 September up to and including 11 September 2022 – 5 National Riding days.

The meeting at Riccarton on 3 September 2022 was not considered as Rider declarations have closed.

Decision Date: 01/09/2022

Publish Date: 02/09/2022