Levin RC 17 December 2021 – R4 – Sarah Macnab

ID: RIB6521

Respondent(s):
Sarah Macnab - Jockey

Applicant:
Mr Neil Goodwin - Stipendary Steward

Adjudicators:
Bruce Mainwaring

Persons Present:
Mr K Coppins - Stipendary Steward

Information Number:
A15535

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Careless Riding

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

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
Born to Run

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
17/12/2021

Race Club:
Levin Racing Club

Race Location:
Otaki Racecourse - Te Roto Road, Otaki, 5512

Race Number:
R4

Hearing Date:
17/12/2021

Hearing Location:
Otaki Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Sarah Macnab suspended for 5 riding days

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Following the running of Race 4 an Information was lodged alleging … S Macnab (Born to Run) allowed  her mount to shift inwards when insufficiently clear of Siete (M Hudson) which checked Spylark (J Mudhoo).

Ms Macnab confirmed that she understood the charge and admitted the breach.

Video evidence of the incident was presented. At the 800 metre mark Born to Run was positioned mid field and off the fence. To her inside was Siete (Mereana Hudson) and Spylark (Jeetesh Mudhoo).  Ms Macnab is seen to allow her mount to shift in crowding Siete which in turn checked Spylark. Spylark lost approximately four lengths as a result.

Mr Goodwin commented that although Mr Mudhoo is entitled to his line a more experienced Rider would have reacted sooner and by not doing so the check was exacerbated.

When asked, Ms Macnab did not pass comment.

REASON FOR DECISION:

As the charged was admitted it was deemed proved.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Mr Goodwin contended that the breach sat in the low to mid range. Ms Macnab’s record was outlined with 1 careless riding breach within the last twelve months being Wellington on 5th May 2021 resulting in a 4 day suspension  and $400 fine.

Ms Macnab sought deferment of any penalty to enable her to satisfy pending riding commitments.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

The Adjudicative Committee concurred that the breach sits in the low to mid range. Guidelines set penalty starting points at 5 days for low range and 7 days for mid range. Given consideration, 6 days is deemed an appropriate starting point.  However mitigating factors are Ms Macnab’s riding record and ready admission of the breach. Some weight was also given to Mr Goodwin’s assertion that the extent of the check  was as a result of the actions of a Rider other than the Respondent.  A suspension of 5 National Riding Days was imposed.

CONCLUSIONS:

Ms Macnab’s Licence to ride is suspended for 5 National Riding Days from the close of racing 26th December 2021 up to and including 1st January 2022.

Decision Date: 17/12/2021

Publish Date: 20/12/2021