Hawkes Bay RI 30 September 2023 – R1 – Temyia Taiaroa
Hawkes Bay Race Club
Hastings Racecourse - 200 Prospect Road, Hastings, 4122
Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Temyia Taiaroa is fined $450
Following the running of Race 1, the Respondent, Ms Taiaroa was charged with a breach of Rule 636(1)(d). The Information alleged that Ms Taiaroa failed to ride her mount MANOLO out fully to the finish when able to do so.
Ms Taiaroa acknowledged she understood the Rule and confirmed that she admitted the breach. Apprentice Mentor Ms K Clapperton was present to assist.
Rule 636(1)(d) provides:
A person: (d) being the Rider of a horse in a Race, must ride his horse out to the end of the Race if there is a reasonable chance of it running into a position for which there is prize money to be awarded or a dividend to be declared;
Mr Goodwin showed the videos of the final stages of the Race and said over the last 30 metres, Ms Taiaroa relaxed her ride and was beaten for 5th place. The head-on view showed there was a clear gap for her to come through. Neither Ms Taiaroa nor Ms Clapperton had anything to say in response.
Submissions for Penalty
Mr Oatham said the last 12 months showed Ms Taiaroa had a clear record in regard to this Rule. He explained there was some chance of her keeping 5th place, with the difference in prizemoney between 5th and 6th amounting to $650.
Ms Tairoa did not wish to make any penalty submissions.
Reasons for Penalty
The Penalty Guide (February 2023) provides a sliding scale of starting points relating to the potential place lost as a result of the breach.
In the case of the 5th place position, the prescribed amount is a $300 fine, which served as the Adjudicative Committee’s baseline reference.
Ms Taiaroa ceased riding for approximately four strides just before reaching the finish post, and there was no apparent justification for this action. It was reasonable to presume that she could have retained her 5th place had she fulfilled her duty to ride out the race to its conclusion. This lapse in performance could have potentially incurred a loss of $650 for the connections involved.
Additionally, the Adjudicative Committee took into account Ms Taiaroa’s clear record and her admission of the breach when determining the appropriate penalty. Consequently, the imposed monetary peanalty slightly exceeded the established starting point.
Ms Taiaroa is fined the sum of $450.
Decision Date: 30/09/2023
Publish Date: 02/10/2023