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Waikato BOP H 20 September 2020 - R 7 - Chair, Mr N McCutcheon

Created on 20 October 2020

Committee:
NMcCutcheon (chair)
Name(s):
Mr L Whittaker - Junior Driver of ABOUT TURN
Mr T Hall - Assisting Mr Whittaker
Informant
Mr S Mulcay - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
A12249
Plea:
Admitted
Charge:
Contravention of the Use of Whip Regulations
Evidence:

Following the running of Race 7 (Dunstan Horse Feeds Mobile Pace) Information A12249 was filed with the Judicial Committee. It was alleged by the Informant that Mr Whittaker used his whip on more occasions than is permitted under clause (b) of the Whip Regulations.

Mr Whittaker in the presence of Mr Hall said that he understood the Rule, Charge and confirmed that he admitted the breach.

Mr Mulcay showed film replays and showed where Mr Whittaker had struck his horse with the whip 14-15 times inside the final 400m.

Mr Whittaker agreed that it was about 14 strikes.

Decision:

As the charge was admitted it was deemed proved by the Committee.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Mulcay said that Mr Whittaker had a clear record.

Mr Whittaker confirmed that it was his first whip charge.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide for 14-16 strikes is a fine of $300. (10 strikes is the limit).

Penalty:

As there were not any aggravating or mitigating features to consider, Mr Whittaker was fined $300.

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