Otago RC 1 November 2022 – R6 – Savish Khetoo

ID: RIB12169

Savish Khetoo - Apprentice Jockey

Mark Davidson, Stipendiary Steward

Geoff Hall

Persons Present:
Mr David Walsh, Apprentice Mentor

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Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Careless Riding

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


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Race Club:
Otago Racing Club

Race Location:
Wingatui Racecourse - 285 Gladstone Road North, Mosgiel, Dunedin,

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Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Savish Khetoo is suspended for 6 days

Mr Khetoo has admitted a breach of the Careless Riding Rule arising out of the running of Race 6. He has allowed his mount ZAMBEZI ZIPPER to shift outwards near the 350 metres when not clear of EAVESDROP which clipped that runner’s heel and blundered.


Mr Davidson demonstrated that on the final bend the Respondent has gathered his whip and has allowed his mount to shift outwards into the line of EAVESDROP. That horse blundered and was close to falling. Mr Davidson said there was some resistance from the horse to the outside of EAVESDROP when the Respondent shifted ground, and the horse to Mr Khetoo’s inside had shifted outwards prior to the incident. Mr Davidson acknowledged “there was a little happening” at the time.

Mr Walsh also said there had been a bit going on leading up to the Respondent shifting ground and EAVESDROP being tightened. He said Mr Khetoo had been looking to use his whip and had lost control of his horse briefly. There was not much movement by the Respondent, but he agreed EAVESDROP was entitled to its position and the Rider of that horse had nowhere to go.

Mr Khetoo said there was not much of a gap, but there was one briefly. He did shift a little bit to his outside. He had had pressure from the horse to his inside prior to this. There had been no calling.


Mr Khetoo admitted the breach. It is found to be proved.

Submissions For Penalty

Mr Davidson stated that the Respondent had 2 previous breaches of the Careless Riding Rule in the past 12 months; one in December 2021 and another in February 2022. He had been suspended for 4 and 8 days on these occasions. Mr Davidson described the breach as mid-range. He accepted the earlier shift from the inside runner was a mitigating factor, but the Respondent had failed to straighten his mount.

Mr Walsh said the Respondent’s record was reasonable considering the number of rides he had had in the past 12 months, and that there had been contributing factors to the breach.

Reasons for penalty

Mr Khetoo has allowed his mount to shift into the line of EAVESDROP when he has gone to use his whip on rounding the final bend. The consequence was that this horse, which was crowded, clipped a heel and blundered passing the 350 metres, losing momentum. There was some earlier movement from the horse to the Respondent’s inside which is factored into an assessment of the gravity of the breach as being mid-range, despite a horse almost falling.

The starting point is 7 national days. A 1-day reduction is given for record and admission of the breach.


Mr Khetoo is suspended from the conclusion of racing on 12 November up to and including 23 November 2022. This is 6 national riding days.

Decision Date: 01/11/2022

Publish Date: 03/11/2022