Otago RC 4 June 2023 – R3 – Yogesh Atchamah

ID: RIB22607

Yogesh Atchamah - Apprentice Jockey

Mr Adrian Dooley, 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 Yogesh Atchamah, suspended 7 days

Mr Dooley alleged that Mr Atchamah permitted his mount SO NATURAL to shift ground inwards nearing the 1300 metres in Race 3, when not sufficiently clear of SILENT BATTLER (T Moseley), which was dictated inwards.

Miss Haley demonstrated on the videos that shortly after the start the Respondent was racing on the outside of the field when he shifted inwards towards the rail to take the lead. He was not clear of SILENT BATTLER, which was dictated inwards.

Mr Dooley said the Respondent was only 3/4 of a length clear of Mr Moseley, who had had to take hold to avoid heels. He added there was no need for the Respondent to shift inwards in the manner he had. Mr Chowdhoory (GOODANYA) had had to take a severe hold of his horse as a result of Mr Moseley coming back on to him, and he had lost ground as a result.

Mr Walsh pointed out it was a small field and that the gates were a long way out from the rail. Mr Atchamah was an improving Rider and had got his angle wrong, in that it was too sharp. Mr Atchamah said he had shifted in too soon.


As the Respondent has admitted the breach, it is found to be proved.

Submissions as to Penalty

Mr Dooley produced the Respondent’s record. Mr Atchamah has had 112 rides in the past 12 months and has 3 prior breaches of the Careless Riding Rule. He believed this was an aggravating factor. He described the breach as mid-range and believed the Respondent’s admission of the breach was inevitable in the circumstances.

Mr Walsh said while the Respondent’s record was not good, he had only had one breach in the past 6 months.

Mr Atchamah asked for a deferment of penalty until after Timaru on 11 June.

Reasons for Penalty 

The videos evidence that shortly after the start, Mr Atchamah has made a run from the outside of the field to the rail. He has got his angle wrong and has checked Mr Moseley, who in turn, came back on to Mr Chowdhoory, who had to take a severe hold and lost ground.

The breach is mid-range. From a 7-day starting point, there is 1-day uplift for record and a one day reduction for admission of the breach and the fact that the Respondent is an Apprentice Jockey, who is working with the Apprentice Mentor.


Mr Atchamah is suspended from the end of racing on 11 June, up to and including 23 June. This is 7 National Riding days.

Decision Date: 04/06/2023

Publish Date: 06/06/2023