Canterbury JC 2 October 2021 – R5 – Corey Campbell
Canterbury Jockey Club
Riccarton Park - 165 Racecourse Road, Christchurch,
Riccarton Park, Christchurch
Penalty: Jockey Corey Campbell suspended for 7 national riding days
SUMMARY OF FACTS:
Following Race 5, 41 Lots Live on gavelhouse.com Now, Mr Campbell was charged that, as the Rider of VERMONT in the race, he rode carelessly in allowing his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of JACK KNOWS BEST (Racha Cuneen) and YEAH RIGHT (Jacob Lowry) which were both crowded and checked near the 25 metres.
Mr Davidson showed head-on and side-on video replays of the concluding stages of the race. He pointed out VERMONT, ridden by Mr Campbell, winning the race nearing the finishing line. On his immediate inside was JACK KNOWS BEST (Racha Cuneen) and inside of that runner was YEAH RIGHT (Jacob Lowry). VERMONT was tiring and under a ride, and the two runners on the inside were getting progressively tightened and had to be taken hold of by their Riders just on the winning post as Mr Campbell allowed his mount to shift in, Mr Davidson said. Mr Campbell had “thrown caution to the wind”, Mr Davidson submitted.
Mr Campbell said that he had initially intended to straighten his mount but had not done so in time. He was obliged to do so, Mr Davidson added.
REASON FOR DECISION:
Mr Campbell has admitted the charge which is found proved accordingly.
SUBMISSIONS FOR PENALTY:
Mr Davidson said that Mr Campbell has two careless riding charges on his record – on 20 October 2020 at Winton (5 days) and on 11 February at Southland (6 days and fined $300). He has, therefore, had no breaches in the last 8 months. The present breach is mid-range because Mr Campbell has placed the other two Riders in a difficult position right on the line when barely a length clear, both Riders having to take “quite strong holds”. Stewards believed that the interference caused had not affected the placings.
Mr Davidson referred to the Penalty Guideline starting point for a medium-level breach of a 7-days suspension.
REASONS FOR PENALTY:
The Adjudicator found the breach to be one of medium-high level. The carelessness was quite high and placed the two inside runners and their Jockeys in a precarious position. Mr Campbell risked a possible nasty incident and was fortunate that a protest was avoided. The appropriate starting point is an 8-days days suspension. Mr Campbell is given a discount of 1 day from that starting point for his good record and admission of the breach.
Jockey Corey Campbell’s Jockey’s Licence (Class A) is suspended from after racing on 8th October up to and including 17th October 2021 – 7 national riding days.
Decision Date: 02/10/2021
Publish Date: 06/10/2021