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Forbury Park TC 4 July 2019 - R 1 - Chair, Prof G Hall

Created on 09 July 2019

GHall (chair)
Mr C Buchan - Licensed Open Driver
Mr S Renault - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Contravention of the Use of the Whip Regulations

Following the running of Race 1, the Midwinter Xmas Buffet Trot, an information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr Renault, alleging that Mr Buchan the driver of BE BEE LASS used his whip on more occasions than is permitted by the Use of the Whip regulations.

Rule 869 provides as follows:

(2) No horseman shall during any race use a whip in a manner in contravention of the Use of the Whip Regulations made by the Board.

The Use of the Whip Regulations provide:

(b) No horseman is permitted to use their whip in a striking motion on more than ten occasions inside the final 400 metres. This is inclusive of “backhanders” and the use applies to the horse, harness and/or sulky.

Mr Renault demonstrated on the race films that the respondent, who was racing in the one back one out position as the field turned for home, used his whip 15 times. There was little respite until the last 50 metres of the race when Mr Buchan used the reins.

Mr Buchan said the horse had not been running its races out truly and he had used the whip to keep the horse up to the mark.


As Mr Buchan has admitted the breach, the breach is found to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Renault produced Mr Buchan’s record. Mr Buchan has had 11 drives this season, and 20 last season. His record is clear under all rules.

Reasons For Penalty:

The breach is mid-range (14 to 16 strikes). The count is 15. The Penalty Guide provides a penalty of $300 for a first such breach.


Mr Buchan is fined the sum of $300.

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