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Gore RC 24 September 2021 – R8 (request for a ruling) – CURVE

ID: RIB4901

Respondent(s):
Michael Pitman - Trainer

Applicant:
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Mr N Skelt

Persons Present:
Mr M Pitman (Trainer of CURVE and representing the Owners), Mr S Batt (Starter), Mr R McIlwrick (Starter's Assistant), Mr K Chowdhoory (Apprentice Jockey)

Information Number:
A15860

Decision Type:
Request for Ruling

Rule(s):
632(1)

Request for Ruling:
As to whether the horse CURVE (K Chowdhoory) was denied a fair start

Stewards Report

Results

Animal Name:
CURVE

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
24/09/2021

Race Club:
Gore Racing Club

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

Race Number:
R8

Hearing Date:
24/09/2021

Hearing Location:
Gore Racecourse

Outcome: Determination

EVIDENCE:

Following the running of Race 8 the Hokonui Suzuki Handicap an Information was filed (A15860) by Stipendiary Steward Mr M Davidson “Requesting A /Ruling” as to whether the horse Curve (K Chowdhoory) was denied a fair start.

Mr M Pitman (Senior) the Trainer of Curve and also representing the owners was present at the hearing, along with Mr S Batt the Official Starter and Mr R Mcllwrick the Starter’s Assistant.

Mr K Chowdhoory Apprentice Jockey and Rider of Curve attended the hearing at the request of the Adjudicator to give evidence at a later point.

Rule 632(1) provides as follows:

(1) If, in the opinion of the Judicial Committee, a horse which does not finish in the first three placings was prevented from taking an effective part in a race owing to the mechanical failure of the starting stalls, or is denied a fair start and such occurrence materially prejudiced the chance of that horse (but not where the horse is slow away by its own accord), the Judicial Committee may declare such horse to be a non-starter.

SUBMISSIONS:

Mr Davidson read the Rule to clarify certain aspects pertaining to this alleged incident, after which Stipendiary Steward Miss Hayley pointed out on the various video clips, the actions of Curve, and the Assistant Starter Mr Mcllwrick.

Mr Davidson stated that Curve had been fractious prior to the start and was drawn 3 and was the last horse to be loaded into the gates. Mr Davidson highlighted the loading of Curve into the gates on the video clips and acknowledged Assistant Starter Mr Mcllwrick had assisted the horse into the gates.

It was Mr Davidson’s opinion that the horse had reared just prior to the gates opening, and that there was no mechanical fault with the gate.

Mr Mcllwrick acknowledged he had assisted the horse whilst going into the gates but did not hold him when the gate was released. After viewing the slow motion video clip of this action Mr Mcllwrick confirmed he had placed his hand into the gate, but not specifically on the horse.

Mr Pitman stated that the video evidence was very clear in his opinion. Curve had started 21 times at the races and had caused no issues at the barrier previously or going into the starting gates. Mr Pitman said the horse was settled in the gates, it was not fractious and all four feet were on the ground prior to the gates opening.

He continued by highlighting the video footage, showing Mr Mcllwrick’s hand coming across into the gate, at which point Curve has reacted and has raised his head to one side and then reared as the gates opened.

Apprentice Jockey Mr Chowdhoory was called to give evidence. He stated that it all happened in a “blurr” and split second, and that he was totally focused on staying on the horse. He could add nothing further.

REASON FOR DECISION:

The Committee carefully considered all of the submissions presented, and in particular reviewed the video footage several times, focusing on the slow motion and still shots of the incident in particular.

There is no question or suggestion of fault of the mechanical gates not opening. The video footage is also clear that the Assistant Starter Mr Mcllwrick has reached in just prior to the gates opening. Mr Pitman is correct that the horse has all four feet on the ground prior to the gates releasing and did not appear fractious at this point.

The video evidence shows Curve reacting at the point of time Mr Mcllwrick has reached inwards. It is unclear where Mr Mcllwrick’s hand is placed on the video footage.

There is no conclusive video, or verbal evidence, that clearly outweighs the other in this instance.  The video evidence suggests doubt as to why the horse has reacted. In the best interests of the Racing Industry, the connections of the horse, and the betting public, Curve has been denied a fair start and declared a non starter.

CONCLUSIONS:

The Committee rules that Curve is declared a non starter.

Decision Date: 24/09/2021

Publish Date: 27/09/2021

 
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Maybe a horse that has no convictions for being fractious at the start differs from a horse that is deemed late scratched through no fault of its own in future loading in the gates. I would guess it is important to the horse regards loading under NZTR rules.

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14 minutes ago, aquaman said:

Maybe a horse that has no convictions for being fractious at the start differs from a horse that is deemed late scratched through no fault of its own in future loading in the gates. I would guess it is important to the horse regards loading under NZTR rules.

So nothing really was gained.

 

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12 minutes ago, Chief Stipe said:

So nothing really was gained.

 

I think you will find that a rouge horse at the barrier differs from one that is late scratched through no fault of its own when it comes to loading. Thats the only thing that i can think of.

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10 hours ago, Chief Stipe said:

Mr Pitman stated that the video evidence was very clear in his opinion. He continued by highlighting the video footage, showing Mr Mcllwrick’s hand coming across into the gate, at which point Curve has reacted and has raised his head to one side and then reared as the gates opened.

Apprentice Jockey Mr Chowdhoory was called to give evidence. He stated that it all happened in a “blurr” and split second, and that he was totally focused on staying on the horse. He could add nothing further.

So the trainer knows what occurred yet the jockey didn't. Did Chowdhoory know whether it was day or night, yesterday or today, last week or next week???

An example of why jockeys shouldn't (collectively) command the same riding fee(s)

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On 28/09/2021 at 11:54 AM, curious said:

It seems a logical decision to me. It also means the horse will not lose rating points.

Hang on a minute.  The horse lost its rider in the gates and you are suggesting that the handicapper would deem that sufficient to deduct a point from its Rating of 57?

The judgement says that the horse had been "fractious before the start" and because of that it was the last one to load.  With the attendant climbing back along the gate to the stand to the horses side.  The horse drawn 2 (Curve was in 3) went off and Curve obviously reacts to this.  The gates open soon after.  The Jockey says he didn't see any hand as he was busy trying to stay on the horse.  Really?! Was the horse playing up perchance?

The inference from the judgement is that the starter assistants actions caused the horse to rear.  Yet there is no clear vision of what the assistant did to elicit the response.

 

 

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