R Rotorua 29 April 2022 – R3 – Niranjan Parmar

ID: RIB8793

Niranjan Parmar - Apprentice Jockey

Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward

Mr N McCutcheon

Persons Present:
Mr Jones, Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr Parmar, Mr N Harris - Riding Mentor, assisting Mr Parmar

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Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Careless Riding

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


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Race Club:
Rotorua Racing Club

Race Location:
Arawa Park Racecourse - 274 - 287 Fenton Street, Glenhome, Rotorua, 3010

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Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Niranjan Parmar is suspended for 4 weeks


Mr Parmar admitted a breach of Rule 638(1)(d).

Mr Parmar the Rider of “SANTENAY”, allowed his mount to shift outwards when not sufficiently clear, forcing “ELUSIVE ANNIE” outwards, striking a heel of “FELICITY THEN” and falling near the 50 metres.

Mr Parmar, assisted by Mr Harris, said that he understood the Rule, charge and confirmed that he admitted the breach.

Film replays were shown with Mr Oatham identifying the runners.

Mr Oatham then said that Mr Parmar was looking to shift outside Mr Innes’ mount “AGLIANICO”, who had shifted a little but was clear.  He said that Mr Parmar persisted in coming out and forced “ELUSIVE ANNIE” out onto the heels of “FELICITY THEN”.

Mr Oatham said that Ms Newman the Rider of “ELUSIVE ANNIE”, had been easing for 4-5 strides before falling.

Mr Harris said that Mr Oatham had summed up well.  He added that Mr Parmar had pulled the stick and was committed but had nowhere to go.  He said Mr Parmar should have steadied and that there was no intent.

Mr Parmar said that “AGLIANICO” started falling back and that he had nowhere to go.


As the charge was admitted together with the film evidence, it was found proved.


Mr Jones produced Mr Parmar’s record which showed three prior breaches of Rule 638(1)(d) during the previous 12 months.  He said that the starting point for careless riding causing a fall is 4 weeks suspension.

Mr Harris said that Mr Parmar is a great student and has improved and done very well in the short time he has been in New Zealand.


The Adjudicative Committee found that Mr Parmar did allow his mount to shift out when being ridden forward with the whip, which resulted in a runner falling.  It was observed that Mr Parmar did attempt to straighten his mount albeit too late.

The carelessness was placed mid-range.

It is recognized that when a fall occurs the starting point is a 4-week suspension.

Taking into account the record, degree of carelessness and the frank admission of the breach, it was determined that there was not any reason to depart from the recognized starting point.


Mr Parmar’s Apprentice Jockey’s Licence was suspended from the end of racing on 30 April through to the end of racing on 28 May 2022.

Decision Date: 29/04/2022

Publish Date: 03/05/2022