Manawatu RC 2 April 2022 – R5 – Taiki Yanagida

ID: RIB8418

Taiki Yanagida - Jockey

K Coppins

N Moffatt and N McCutcheon

Persons Present:
T Yanagida, K Coppins, M Austin

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

careless riding

638(1)(d) - Riding/driving infringement


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Race Date:

Race Club:
Manawatu Race Club

Race Location:
Awapuni Racing Centre - 67 Racecourse Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North, 4412

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Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Awapuni Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Taiki Yanagida is suspended for 7 days and fined $500


Following the running of Race 5, the Respondent, Class A Rider Mr Taiki Yanagida, admitted a charge of careless riding which was filed pursuant to Rule 638(1)(d).  The Information alleged that as the Rider of GERMANICUS, Mr Yanagida allowed his mount to shift inwards near the 150 metres dictating BRANDO (O Bosson) which in turn dictated PROVIDENCEPROVIDES (W Pinn) into the line of CAVALLO VELOCE (S McKay) which clipped a heel and blundered badly.

Mr Yanagida acknowledged he understood the Rule and confirmed his admission of the breach.

Rule 638(1) (d) provides: A Rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Adjudicative Committee considers to be careless.

Using all available race films, Stipendiary Steward Mr M Austin demonstrated the incident and identified the horses and Riders concerned.

Stipendiary Steward Mr K Coppins said that just past the 200m mark Mr Yanagida, who was on the very outside of the field, allowed his mount to shift inwards dictating Mr Bosson’s mount inwards. In an attempt to straighten his horse, Mr Yanagida swapped the whip to his inside hand but the Stewards believed he did not do enough.

In response, Mr Yanagida said that when his horse got to the front next to Mr Bosson, it started to roll inwards and it was also running away from the Marsh runner coming down on his outside. Mr Yanagida tried to straighten his line of running by using his hands, but GERMANICUS did not respond to him. To relieve the pressure on Mr Bosson, he moved the whip to his left hand and straightened his mount by using the whip.


As Mr Yanagida admitted the breach the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved

Submission for Penalty:

Mr Coppins produced Mr Yanagida’s careless riding record:

1/1/22   Auckland (low end) 5 days

6/11/21 Waikato (mid-range) 7 days + $200

2/10/21 Hastings (mid-range) 8 days

14/8/21 Waikato (mid-range) 5 days + $500

Mr Coppins said Stewards assessed the level of carelessness to be in the high range due to the fact that CAVELLO VELOCE blundered like it did.

Mr Yanagida advised that he was about to begin a suspension for excessive whip use which would end on April 6th.

Reasons for Penalty:

There is no doubt that GERMANICUS shifted inwards from its position wide on the track which set up a concertina affect to runners on its inside culminating in CAVELLO VELOCE clipping a heel and nearly falling. The films provide credible evidence to support Mr Yanagida’s statement that he did attempt to straighten his mount however he erred in not placing both hands back on the reins. Drawing the whip is not an acceptable way to straighten a horse. In addition, Mr Bosson’s mount shifted in more than it needed to which heightened the effect to inside runners. After considering all submissions the Adjudicative Committee determined that Mr Yanagida’s carelessness sat in the mid-range. The Adjudicative Committee adopted a starting point of 7 days which conforms with the NZTR Penalty Guide (as of 1 March 2022).

Taking into account Mr Yanagida’s record which we treated as a neutral factor, the Adjudicative Committee applied a 1 day uplift to reflect the Listed status of the race and reduced this by 1 day for his admission of the breach.

After consideration of all the above factors, a 7-day suspension was considered appropriate. Due to the Black Type status of the race a monetary penalty has also been added.

Conclusion – Penalty:

Mr Yanagida’s licence to ride in races is suspended for a period of 7 days, commencing after racing on Wednesday April 6th and concluding after racing on Saturday April 16th. In addition, there is a $500 fine.

Decision Date: 02/04/2022

Publish Date: 04/04/2022