Hawkes Bay R 2 October 2021 – R7 – Jamie Richards

ID: RIB4999

Respondent(s):
Jamie Richards - Trainer

Applicant:
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
N Moffatt and B Mainwaring

Persons Present:
Mr Jamie Richards, Mr Oatham

Information Number:
A14596

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
late scratching

Rule(s):
534(1)

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
SHEZATHINKA

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
02/10/2021

Race Club:
Hawkes Bay Race Club

Race Location:
Hastings Racecourse - 200 Prospect Road, Hastings, 4122

Race Number:
R7

Hearing Date:
02/10/2021

Hearing Location:
Hastings Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Trainer Jamie Richards is fined $650

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Prior to Race 1 Mr Oatham lodged an Information with the Adjudicators alleging a breach of Rule 534(1) in that “SHEZATHINKA” was declared a late scratching at 8.47am due to an error in medication administration.

EVIDENCE:

At 8.45am today (race day) Mr Richards advised Mr Oatham of an error that occurred in his stable. SHEZATHINKA had been administered a medication that would have returned a positive had the horse been swabbed. The horse was an acceptor in Race 7 and Mr Oatham immediately advised the TAB of the late scratching.

Mr Richards explained that a senior staff member  incorrectly administered meloxicam to SHEZATHINKA instead of another horse in the same barn. Upon realising the error the staff member informed the foreman who in turn notified Mr Richards. The owners of the horse and Mr D Ellis were also notified.

REASON FOR DECISION:

Mr Richards admitted the breach therefore  the charge was deemed proved.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Mr Oatham said he was aware of only one similar case where at Te Aroha in 2019 a horse had to be late scratched on the day due to being given medication. The Trainer (James/Wellwood) was fined $600 and the Stewards sought a penalty in line with that decision.

Mr Richards said they take great care in the administration of medicines and this mistake was unacceptable. As a result of the error there would be an internal review of all the stable’s systems and processes. SHEZATHINKA was eligible for a race next weekend and her schedule would not be unduly disrupted by missing the race today.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

The Penalty Guide does not cover a breach of this type however there was one precedent case put before the Adjudicating Committee which was helpful. Mr Richards was forthcoming with the Stewards and transparent about the reason for the late scratching. All bets on the horse would be refunded in full and there were no horses on the ballot who missed a start.  The owners are the most affected group and to have a horse late scratched on a Premier Race Day due to human error must have been extremely disappointing.

CONCLUSIONS:

Taking into account all submissions the Adjudicating Committee was of the opinion that a $650 fine was an appropriate penalty.

Decision Date: 02/10/2021

Publish Date: 04/10/2021