Wyndham RC 11 March 2022 – R4 – Tina Comignaghi

ID: RIB7988

Respondent(s):
Tina Comignaghi - Jockey

Applicant:
Mr John Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Mr N Skelt

Persons Present:
Miss Veronica Algar - Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:
A16043

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Careless Riding

Rule(s):
638(1)(d) - Careless riding

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
HENRY HUBBER

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
11/03/2022

Race Club:
Wyndham Racing Club

Race Location:
Gore Racecourse - 136 Gore-Mataura Highway, Gore, 9772

Race Number:
R4

Hearing Date:
11/03/2022

Hearing Location:
Gore Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Tina Comignaghi was suspended for 4 National riding days

Evidence:

At the conclusion of Race 4 the Auto Windscreen Replacements 1200m, Chief Stipendiary Steward Mr John Oatham lodged an Information A16043, alleging that Jockey Miss T Comignaghi allowed her mount HENRY HUBBER to shift out when not clear of “ HE FABULOUS PEARL”  (K Chowdhoory) which was checked near the 300m mark.

Miss Comignaghi confirmed at the hearing that she admitted the breach and that she understood the Rule.

Rule 638(1)(d) provides: A rider shall not ride a horse in a manner which the Adjudicative Committee considers to be careless.

Mr Oatham asked Miss Algar to use the available race films to highlight the incident. Miss Algar has stated that Miss Comignaghi has moved her horse HENRY HUBBER out when not sufficiently clear of THE FABULOUS PEARL causing this horse to be checked. Miss Algar highlighted there was less than a length when Miss Comignaghi has moved out. It was noted that HENRY HUBBER went on to win the race.

Miss Comignaghi stated that she had simply made a judgement of error, her horse was travelling well and she had misjudged the distance.

Decision:

As Miss Comignaghi has admitted the breach, the charge is found proved.

Submissions for Penalty:

Chief Stipendiary Steward Mr Oatham, produced Miss Comignaghi’s riding record which is outstanding and that she had no breaches of this Rule within the last twelve months. Mr Oatham also stated that Miss Comignaghi was a very busy and successful Rider and that she had 348 rides this season. He also stated that Miss Comignaghi has on some occasions ridden in the Northen regions.

Mr Oatham believed that range of carelessness in this instance was at the low end and that a four day suspension may be appropriate.

Miss Comignaghi when questioned of her status on the NewZealand riding premiership confirmed that she was in the top five currently and is actually in third position at the conclusion of racing today. Miss Comignaghi did not seek a deferment of suspension.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Adjudicative Committee, after having considered  Mr Oatham’s submissions and taking into account Miss Comignaghi’s outstanding riding record and admittance of the breach and also the low end of carelessness in the range, believed a suspension of four national riding days was appropriate.

Conclusion:

Miss Comignaghi is suspended for four national riding days commencing after racing on 17/3/2022 and concluding after racing on 25/3/2022.

Decision Date: 11/03/2022

Publish Date: 14/03/2022