Wanganui JC 27 April 2024 – R7 – Ace Lawson-Carroll

ID: RIB41421

Ace Lawson-Carroll - Apprentice Jockey

Neil Goodwin - Stipendiary Steward

Tom Castles (Chair), N Moffatt

Persons Present:
Neil Goodwin - Stipendiary Steward, A Dooley - Stipendiary Steward, A Lawson-Carroll, K Clapperton - Riding Mentor

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Careless Riding

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


Animal Name:
Love Janie


Race Date:

Race Club:
Wanganui Jockey Club

Race Location:
Wanganui Racecourse - 19 Purnell Street, Whanganui, 4500

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Ace Lawson-Carroll is suspended for 5 days


Apprentice Jockey Ace Lawson-Carroll, assisted by Riding Mentor K Clapperton, admitted a breach of the Careless Riding Rule in that he allowed his mount LOVE JANIE, to shift inwards when not sufficiently clear of THE SCUNNER, which was checked, losing ground passing the 50 metre mark.


The films of the incident were shown and Stipendiary Steward N Goodwin pointed out that in looking for a run in the approach to the line, Ace Lawson-Carroll angled his mount into a gap after changing ground, making contact with Jockey K Hercock’s mount THE SCUNNER, causing that Jockey to take hold. There was slight inwards movement from a number of horses on LOVE JANIE’S outside, which may have contributed in a minor way to the incident. Being close to the finish, a number of horses were racing in tight quarters. The incident was classed at the lower end of the scale by the Stewards.

Jockey Ace Lawson-Carroll indicated that to get a run, he had to change ground and in doing so, his mount did make contact with the horse on his inside, but believed there was contributing slight movement from a number of other horses.

Riding Mentor K Clapperton concurred there were slight contributing factors in the incident from a number of horses.


As the charge was admitted, it was deemed proved.


Stipendiary Steward N Goodwin indicated that Ace Lawson-Carroll was a busy sought after Rider. He has 4 suspensions this calendar year, the last being 25 November 2023, when a 7 day suspension was imposed. He asked, as per the Guidelines, for a period of suspension.

Jockey Ace Lawson-Carroll asked for a deferment until after racing on Friday the 3rd of May.


Although the Stewards viewed the incident at the lower end of the scale, the Adjudicative Committee felt it fell midway between low and mid range.  A sharp bump was accorded to the affected horse, causing the Jockey to take hold.

In arriving at a penalty, Jockey Ace Lawson-Carroll’s record was taken into account, along with his admittance of the breach.

A starting point of a 6 day penalty was reduced by one day, because of the mitigating factors and his request for a deferment was agreed to.


Jockey Ace Lawson-Carroll was suspended for 5 days. The days being after the completion of racing on Friday 3rd of May, until the completion of racing on Friday 10th of May.

Decision Date: 27/04/2024

Publish Date: 29/04/2024