Whangarei RC 11 June 2022 – R3 – Ryan Elliot
Whangarei Racing Club
Ruakaka Racecourse - Peter Snell Road, Ruakaka, 0151
Penalty: Jockey Ryan Elliot fined $400
The Applicant, Stipendiary Steward Lauren Selvakumaran filed an Information pursuant to Rule 330(3)(c) alleging that Class A Rider Ryan Elliot failed to make the contracted weight of 56kg for his mount MIGHTY BRIGHT in Race Number 3.
The Respondent was present at the hearing and confirmed his admission of the breach.
Rule 330(3)(c) provides:
“A rider shall not fail to ride a horse at the weight at which it is handicapped to carry”.
Stipendiary Steward Lauren Selvakumaran said Mr Elliot confirmed he was unable to make the weight on his mount MIGHTY BRIGHT and as a result had to be replaced.
Mr Elliot said he had accepted the ride prior to confirmation of weights as he anticipated that the horse would get more weight. He said he often rode for the Stable and it was not uncommon for him to commit to rides before weights were published.
As the Respondent admitted the breach the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved (Rule 915(1)(d) refers).
Submission for Penalty:
Stipendiary Steward Lauren Selvakumaran said that this is the Respondent’s 4th breach of the Rule within the last 120 days.
Breaches are normally dealt with by way of Minor Infringement Notice (MIN) but the 3rd and subsequent breaches (within a 120 day period) are referred to an Adjudicative Committee to determine an appropriate penalty.
Mrs Selvakumaran outlined Mr Elliot’s 3 previous breaches within the last 120 days, which ranged in fines from $300 to $400 and said on this occasion the Stipendiary Stewards would be seeking a penalty of no more than $400.
Mr Elliot said that he had made a genuine attempt to make the weight and had been in the Sauna from 4am in an attempt to do so.
Reasons for Penalty:
The MIN schedule establishes a $100 fine as the starting point for a first breach of this Rule. In circumstances where Stewards elect to file an Information, determination of penalties are fact dependant.
The Adjudicative Committee considered the submissions and for consistency took some guidance from previous penalties for similar breaches.
Given the circumstances, and balancing the interests of the Respondent, other stakeholders, and consistency, the Adjudicative Committee determined that a $400 fine is an appropriate penalty.
Mr Elliot is fined $400.
Decision Date: 11/06/2022
Publish Date: 11/06/2022