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Canterbury JC 15 August 2020 - R 5 - Chair, Mr R McKenzie

Created on 17 August 2020

Rules:
638(3)(b)(ii)
Committee:
RMcKenzie (chair)
SChing
Name(s):
A Balloo
Licensed Jockey (Class A)
Informant
J P Oatham
Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
A12830
Plea:
Admitted
Charge:
Excessive Use of Whip
Evidence:

Following the running of Race 5, David Emerson Accountant & Business Consultant Handicap, an information was filed by Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr J P Oatham, against Licensed Jockey (Class A), Mr A Balloo, alleging that Mr Balloo as the rider of PRODUCER in the race, “struck his mount excessively prior to the 100 metres”.

Mr Balloo was present at the hearing of the information. He indicated that he understood the charge and that he admitted the breach.

Rule 638 provides 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

The Guidelines regarding “Acceptable Use of the Whip” provide as follows:

Without affecting the generality of Rule 638 (3) (b), a rider may be penalised if their whip use is outside of the following guidelines:

Prior to the 100-metres mark in a race, official trial or jump out:

(i) The whip should not be used on more than 5 occasions.

Mr Oatham showed a video replay of the final 400 metres of the race. He pointed out PRODUCER, ridden by Mr Balloo, widest on the track as the field turned into the home straight. Shortly thereafter, Mr Balloo commenced using his whip and, from that point, he struck his mount on a clear 9 occasions prior to the 100 metres, Mr Oatham said.

Mr Balloo accepted the alleged number of 9 strikes. He said that he got “carried away” with his mount running on. He said that the straight at Riccarton was a long one, but he did not offer any excuses. He admitted that he had breached the guidelines and said that he would ensure that it did not happen again. 

Decision:

Mr Balloo has admitted the breach and, accordingly, the charge is found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham said that Mr Balloo has one previous charge on his record – on 12 March 2020 at Ashburton (suspended for 6 national riding days for 11 strikes prior to the 100 metres). The present breach is, therefore, Mr Balloo’s second breach and, in line with the Penalty Guide, Stewards were submitting for a fine of $500, a fine being the appropriate penalty, Mr Oatham said.

Mr Balloo said that he agreed that he had received a suspension for whip use back in March. He said that he would have to work on his use of the whip, particularly where there is a long straight. 

Reasons For Penalty:

Mr Balloo has been charged, and has admitted, that he struck his mount 9 times prior to the 100 metres, in excess of the 5 strikes permitted under the guidelines.

He has a breach of the rule on his record in March of this year. The present breach is, therefore, his second. The guidelines prescribe a penalty of a $500 fine for a second breach of the rule.

There are no relevant aggravating or mitigating factors to be considered. 

Penalty:

Mr Balloo is fined the sum of $500.

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