R Tauranga 30 October 2021 – R7 – Erin Leighton

ID: RIB5565

Respondent(s):
Erin Leighton - Apprentice Jockey

Applicant:
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Hon J W Gendall QC

Persons Present:
Mr J Oatham, Ms E Leighton

Information Number:
A15622

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Weighed in excess of 0.5kg above weigh out weight

Rule(s):
648(5)

Plea:
Admitted

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
30/10/2021

Race Club:
Racing Tauranga Inc

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

Race Number:
R7

Hearing Date:
30/10/2021

Hearing Location:
Tauranga Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Erin Leighton is fined $200

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Following the running of Race 7, the PRH Transport Trophy (Listed Race), Mr Oatham presented an Information alleging that Ms E Leighton breached Rule 648(5) in that she weighed in at a weight in excess of 0.5kg of that at which she weighed out.

Ms Leighton admitted the breach of the Rule.

For completeness the Committee records that although an Apprentice Rider, Ms Leighton did not wish to have a mentor (Mr N Harris was not on course) present for what was a relatively minor matter.

SUBMISSIONS:

The facts were that Ms Leighton weighed out at 54.4kg and weighed in 0.8kg in excess of that, namely at 55.2kg.  The horse she rode was TANNAHILL which started favourite and was well beaten but Mr Oatham said the increased weight was not the reason for that.

Ms Leighton was unsure of the reason for the overweight but accepted that it probably was because the riding boots which she wore when weighing out were mistakenly not those she later wore.

REASON FOR DECISION:

As Ms Leighton admitted the breach, it was deemed proved.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

In line with the Penalty Guide, Ms Leighton is fined $200.

CONCLUSIONS:

Apprentice Jockey Erin Leighton is fined $200.

Decision Date: 30/10/2021

Publish Date: 01/11/2021