Wanganui JC 27 November 2021 – R6 – Niranjan Parmar

ID: RIB6095

Niranjan Parmar - Apprentice Jockey

N Goodwin- Stipendiary Steward

N Moffatt

Persons Present:
K Clapperton - Central Districts Apprentice Mentor, K Coppins - Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

careless riding

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


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Race Date:

Race Club:
Wanganui Jockey Club

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

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Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Wanganui Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Niranjan Parmar 4 days suspension


Following the running of Race 6, the Respondent, Mr N Parmar admitted a charge of careless riding which was filed pursuant to Rule 638(1)(d). The Information alleged that N Parmar (AOTEA LAD) allowed his mount to shift inwards when not sufficiently clear of BELCLARE (L Allpress) entering the back straight. Mr Parmar confirmed his admission of the breach and had Apprentice Mentor Ms K Clapperton assisting him.


Mr Goodwin had Mr Coppins outline the incident using the available films. A short distance after the start Mrs Allpress was on the fence trying to steady her mount BELCLARE which was over-racing. Mr Parmar was ahead of her and to her outside. Mr Goodwin said Mrs Allpress was concerned that Mr Parmar was going to come across in front of her and she began to take a hold of BELCLARE. Rounding the bend into the back straight Mr Parmar did eventually move from the 1-off position to be directly in front of Mrs Allpress who was forced to check back for several strides.

Mr Parmar explained that he heard Mrs Allpress yell out to him several times making him aware of where she was. He did not move in at this stage. Then Mrs Allpress yelled out “go on, go on Parmar”. He thought this meant that she was wanted him to come across and only then did he do so. He said he didn’t slow his horse down and thought he was clear of Mrs Allpress when he came in.


As Mr Parmar admitted the breach the Adjudicative Committee found the breach proved.


Mr Goodwin produced Mr Parmar’s record which showed only one careless riding charge in total.  He was suspended for 4 days on November 9th, 2021. The Stewards assessed the level of carelessness today to be in the low range.

Mr Parmar said he has been riding for 5 months and is apprenticed to Mr Jamie Richards. In that time he has had 50 rides and 6 winners. Ms Clapperton said Mrs Allpress was having trouble with her  mount way before the incident. In her opinion Mr Parmar misunderstood her when she yelled out to him to keep going. He thought she meant he could keep going across where in fact she probably meant to keep riding forward.


After considering all submissions the Adjudicator determined Mr Parmar’s carelessness to be in the low range. The video showed him looking across to his inside before moving inwards. This indicates he was trying to ensure he was clear before moving and supports his statement that he thought Mrs Allpress was urging him to keep coming across. A starting point of 5 days was adopted in line with the NZTR Penalty Guide. Taking into account Mr Parmar’s inexperience, his record, and admission of the breach a 1 day discount was applied.

He advised of riding commitments through until Saturday December 4th at Matamata.


Accordingly Mr Parmar is suspended for 4 days from close of racing on Saturday December 4th until close of racing on Wednesday December 15th.

Decision Date: 27/11/2021

Publish Date: 29/11/2021