R Tauranga 26 March 2022 – R2 – Lynsey Satherley

ID: RIB8278

Lynsey Satherley - Jockey

Mr M Williamson - Senior Stipendiary Steward

Hon J W Gendall QC

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Careless Riding

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


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Race Club:
Racing Tauranga Inc

Race Location:
Tauranga Racecourse - 1383 Cameron Road, Greerton, Tauranga,

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Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Lynsey Satherley is suspended for 5 National Riding Days


Following the running of Race 2 the Gartshore Construction Maiden, Mr Williamson presented an Information charging Mrs Satherley, the Rider of CADA CAMINO, with careless riding in breach of Rule 638(1)(d).

The race films disclosed that about 100 metres after the start, when at about the 1300 metre mark, Mrs Satherley allowed her mount CADA CAMINO to move inwards when not sufficiently clear of ANNEXCEPTION ridden by Mr Weatherley which was hampered.  The inwards movement of CADA CAMINO continued and resulted in crowding of BLOOD DIAMOND, ridden by Mr A Goindasamy, being crowded also.  Both ANNEXCEPTION and BLOOD DIAMOND were hampered by the inward movement of CADA CAMINO which was barely 1 length ahead of each.


As Mrs Satherley admitted the breach, it was deemed proved.

Submissions for Penalty:

Mr Williamson submitted that the careless riding fell into the “almost mid range” category.  He said that Mrs Satherley has only one previous careless riding breach during the past 12 months as a busy Rider.

Mrs Satherley said her breach of the Rule arose from an error of judgement, when moving forward to seek a position outside the leading horse.  She accepted that a suspension had to follow and said that she had confirmed riding engagements at Matamata on 30 March 2022.

Reasons for Penalty:

Whilst the NZTR Penalty Guide provides a “starting point” of 7 days’ suspension for “mid range” careless riding, the Adjudicative Committee regards the breach as just below that range so as to justify a starting point of no more than 6 days suspension.  From that, there will be an allowance of 1 day to recognise:

  • Mrs Satherley’s good record as a busy Rider over the past 12 months.
  • Her frank admission of the need for a suspension.
  • That, as Mr Williamson submitted, the current shortage of Senior Riders because of Covid/illness/isolation factors, places the management of racing with some difficult issues.  Suspensions, if required under the Rules, still have to be applied, but the current special circumstances  may need to be taken into account when fixing lengthy terms.


Taking these matters into account, a suspension of 5 National Riding Days is imposed to commence at the conclusion of Matamata Meeting on 30 March 2022 and to finish at the end of racing on 7 April 2022.  That is effectively a time period of 1 week.

Decision Date: 26/03/2022

Publish Date: 28/03/2022