Taumarunui RC 30 July 2022 – R11- Niranjan Parmar

ID: RIB10312

Niranjan Parmar - Apprentice Jockey

Mr Brady Jones - Stipendiary Steward

Hon J W Gendall QC, Mr B Mainwaring

Persons Present:
Mr Adrian Dooley - Stipendiary Steward, Mr Niranjan Parmar, Mr Noel Harris - Apprentice Rider Mentor

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Careless Riding

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


Animal Name:
Inca Warrior


Race Date:

Race Club:
Taumarunui Racing Club

Race Location:
Te Rapa Racecourse - Te Rapa Road, Hamilton, 3200

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Te Rapa Racecourse, Te Rapa Road, Hamilton

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Niranjan Parmar is suspended for 5 NR days


Following the running of Race 11 the Respondent admitted a charge of careless riding which was filed pursuant to Rule 638(1)(d). Details are as follows:

“In that he allowed his mount Inca Warrior to shift out when insufficiently clear of Anna Grace which was crowded and checked near the 400 metres”

The Respondent acknowledged he understood the Rule and confirmed his admission of the breach. This was also confirmed by Mr Harris.

Rule 638(1)(d) provides:

“A Rider shall not ride in a manner which the Adjudicative Committee considers to be careless” 

Using available films, Stipendiary Stewards demonstrated the incident and identified the horses involved.  At the 400 metre mark, as the field looked to straighten, Inca Warrior was positioned 4 -5 horse widths away from the fence with Anna Grace (Mr Darren Danis) to his outside. At this point Inca Warrior moved out sharply checking Anna Grace who is seen to lose 3-4 lengths.  It was also noted Sagan (Mr Ashvin Goindasamy) was forced off its line. It was contended that the Respondent’s mount was not sufficiently clear.

The Respondent did not offer specific comment. Mr Harris commented that the check was as a result of the Rider’s inexperience, with the incident  accentuated as result of the horse being struck at the point at which it began to drift.


As the Respondent admitted the breach the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved.

Submissions for Penalty:

Stipendiary Steward Mr Jones outlined Mr Parmar’s riding record which indicated 4 previous breaches under the Careless Riding Rule within the last 12 months:

9/11/2021 4 days low range

27/11/2021 4 days low range

20/4/2022 4 days low/mid range

29/4/2022 4 weeks fall resulting

Stipendiary Stewards considered the level of carelessness to be low to mid range. The Respondent did not comment in respect of penalty although sought deferment of any proposed suspension to satisfy riding engagements at Hawera on 7th August 2022.

Reasons for  Penalty:

After considering all submissions the Adjudicative Committee determined carelessness to be in the low range and adopted a 5  day suspension as starting point. This is in line with the current NZTR Penalty Guide. The Adjudicative Committee is satisfied that the Respondent was insufficiently clear when shifting out thus causing Anna Grace to be checked. The starting point of 5 days suspension was reduced by 1 day to reflect admission of the breach whilst an uplift of 1 day is deemed appropriate to acknowledging recent riding record.


The Respondent’s request for deferment is granted with his licence to ride in races suspended for 5 National Riding Days, from the close of racing on 7th August 2022 to the close of racing on 19th August 2022.

Decision Date: 30/07/2022

Publish Date: 01/08/2022