Hawkes Bay RI 16 October 2021 – R8 – Leah Hemi

ID: RIB5232

Respondent(s):
Leah Hemi - Jockey

Applicant:
J Oatham - Senior Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Nicki Moffatt and Tom Castles

Persons Present:
Neil Goodwin - Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:
A15615

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Careless Riding

Rule(s):
638(1)(d) - Careless Riding

Plea:
Admitted

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
16/10/2021

Race Club:
Hawkes Bay Race Club

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

Race Number:
R8

Hearing Date:
16/10/2021

Hearing Location:
Hastings

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Leah Hemi suspended 7 Days

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Ms Hemi admitted a breach of the Careless Riding Rule in that she allowed her mount LLanacord to shift in when insufficiently clear of Harlech which was dictated inwards into the line of Masetto which was checked passing the 1500 metre mark.

EVIDENCE:

Senior Stipendiary Steward John Oatham using the available films pointed out the incident showing  Llancord’s gradual movement outwards ending up one off after being 3 wide. The Riders of both Harlech (M McNab) and Masetto (T Yanagida) both had to take hold. Both of those horses being affected in the incident.

Jockey Hemi informed the Adjudicators that it was an error of judgement  by her. She believed that although no one called she simply didn’t look.

SUBMISSIONS:

No other submissions were presented.

REASON FOR DECISION:

The charge was admitted.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Senior Stipendiary Steward John Oatham considered the breach to be low to mid range and asked for a period of suspension to be imposed. He indicated that Ms Hemi was a busy Rider who has had 3 previous breaches of the Rule. One on the 6th of February was considered outside the time period. The others being a 3 day suspension and $250 fine on the 1st of May and the other being on the 2nd of October where she was suspended for 4 days and fined $500.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

The Adjudicators considered the breach to be low to mid range with neither of the horses affected finishing in a dividend bearing position and with the incident happening at the 1500 mark. It was noted that it was a Group 1 Race.

Consideration was given to imposing a monetary penalty as well as a suspension. However the Adjudicators were of the view that because of Ms Hemi’s record under this Rule and her frankness in admitting the breach a period of suspension was sufficient.

CONCLUSIONS:

Ms Hemi’ Licence to ride was suspended for 7 days commencing after the completion of racing on Sunday the 24th of October until the completion of racing on Tuesday the 2nd of November.

Decision Date: 16/10/2021

Publish Date: 18/10/2021