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Waikato BOP H 27 August 2020 - R 10 - Chair, Mr N McCutcheon

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NMcCutcheon (chair)
Mr K Bublitz - Junior Driver of MARIA KIRILENKO
Mr T Mitchell - Assisting Mr Bublitz
Mr J Muirhead - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Used Whip in Breach of Rule

Following the running of Race 10 (Oktoberfest 3rd October Mobile Pace 2200m) Information A12241 was filed with the Judicial Committee. It was alleged that Mr Bublitz used his whip on more occasions than permitted when driving MARIA KIRILENKO over the final 400m.

Mr Bublitz confirmed that he understood the Rule, the Charge and said that he admitted the breach.

Mr Muirhead showed the film replays which showed that Mr Bublitz struck his horse 11 times over the final 400m (limit is 10).

Mr Bublitz and Mr Mitchell agreed with the number of strikes (11) and had nothing more to say.


The Charge was admitted by Respondent and found proved by Chair.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Muirhead said Mr Bublitz had a clear record.

Mr Bublitz did not comment.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty starting point for 11 strikes of the whip is a fine of $200. That penalty was deemed appropriate.


Mr Bublitz was Fined $200.


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