South Canterbury RC 7 October 2022 – R5 – Megan Taylor

ID: RIB11352

Megan Taylor - Apprentice Jockey

Mr John Oatham, Chief 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 - Careless Riding


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Race Club:
South Canterbury Racing Club

Race Location:
Phar Lap Raceway - State Highway 1, Washdyke, Timaru,

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Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Megan Taylor is suspended for 5 days

Summary of Facts:

Mr Oatham alleged that the Respondent rode carelessly in that she allowed her mount in Race 5, ADANNAYA, to shift in when not clear of ZOULANDER (L Callaway) which was checked near the 1000 metres.

Mr Davidson demonstrated on the videos that shortly after the start, Ms Taylor made an angled run towards the rail when not clear of the horse to her inside. As a consequence Mr Callaway had to take hold of his mount ZOULANDER, which can be seen briefly to have its head in the air.

Mr Walsh said it was not the worst breach of the careless riding rule and that ZOULANDER had over-reacted a little when its head went into the air. Ms Taylor said it was a misjudgement. She thought she was clear but accepted she was not. She had been trying to make sure she was clear, and no jockey had yelled to her.


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

Submissions as to Penalty:

Mr Oatham produced the Respondent’s record. She has three previous breaches of the careless riding rule. These were in June, August and September. These were all low end, and this was her first day back riding after the last breach. He described this breach as again low range and submitted the starting point should be a 5-day suspension.

Mr Walsh agreed with Mr Oatham that the breach was low range and asked the Committee to consider a 4-day suspension which would enable the Respondent to miss only one South Island meeting. Ms Taylor stated her employer wished her to commence her suspension after the Ashburton meeting next Saturday.

Reasons for Penalty:

Ms Taylor has shifted in when not clear shortly after the start of race 5. Any movement across the field at this point in the race has to be made with considerable care. She was not her length and another clear and Mr Callaway has had to check his mount. However, the breach is correctly described as low range.

The starting point is a 5-day suspension. Ms Taylor’s record is not good and there is a one-day uplift. After a discount for admission of the breach, the penalty is a 5-day suspension.


Ms Taylor is suspended from riding after racing on 15 October up to and including 22 October 2022.

Decision Date: 07/10/2022

Publish Date: 10/10/2022