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Canterbury R 28 January 2017 - R 6 - Chair, Mr D Anderson

Created on 02 February 2017

DAnderson (chair)
Miss A Jones - Apprentice Rider
Mr J McLaughlin - Stipendiary Steward
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Excessive use of the whip

Following the running of Race 6 the Christchurch Casino Dunedin Gold Cup Trial an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward Mr M Davidson alleging a breach of Rule 638(3)(b)(ii). The Information stated that "Apprentice rider Miss A Jones used the whip excessively prior to the 200m."

Rule 638(3)(b)(ii) reads as follows:

(3) A Rider shall not:

(b) strike a horse with a whip in a manner or to an extent which is:

(ii) excessive

Miss Jones had indicated on the Information that the charge was admitted, which she confirmed at the hearing. Miss Jones also confirmed she understood the rule she was being charged with.

Miss Jones was asked but declined any assitance for the hearing.

Stipendiary Steward Mr McLaughlin used the video of the race to identify Miss Jones riding “Flag The Groom” in or near to the lead. As the field entered the home straight Mr McLaughlin pointed to Miss Jones drawing her whip and striking her horse 10 or 11 times without the required respite before she reached the 200m.

The Committee asked Miss Jones if she agreed with that assessment and she said that it was correct.


As Miss Jones had admitted the charge it was deemed to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr McLaughlin stated that Miss Jones had a clear penalty record in relation to this rule and had admitted the breach at the first opportunity. Mr McLaughlin stated that the JCA Penalty Guide indicated a starting point of $500 for a breach of this rule. He submitted that a fine of $300 be considered as penalty in this case.

Miss Jones made no submissions in regard to penalty.

Reasons For Penalty:

In determining penalty, the Committee took into consideration Miss Jones’ clear penalty record and her ready admission of the breach. In adopting the JCA Penalty Guide starting point of $500 for a breach of this rule we were able to give Miss Jones a discount of $100 for her clear record and a further discount of $100 for her admission of the breach. We therefore determined that an appropriate penalty in this case was a fine of $300.


Accordingly, Miss Jones was fined the sum of $300.

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