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Hororata TC 14 February 2021 - R 9 - Chair, Mr D Anderson

Created on 15 February 2021

DAnderson (chair)
Miss L McKay - Junior Driver
Miss K Butt - Open Driver assisting Miss McKay
Mr S Renault - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Contravention of the Use of Whip Regulations

Following the running of Race 9 an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr S Renault, against Licensed Junior Driver, Miss L McKay, alleging that as the Driver of CAESAR’S QUEST in the race, “You used your whip free of the rein early in the run home”.

Miss McKay had signed the Information admitting the breach and stated she was conversant with the Whip Regulations.

Miss McKay was assisted at the hearing by Open Driver Ms K Butt.

Rule 869 provides as follows:

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

Effective from 1 October 2020 a low-level breach may be dealt with by a warning. If a warning is not considered appropriate, the Stewards will be seeking a fine. Low-level is defined as when a Driver inadvertently reverts to the old style (freehand, loose reining and/or more than a wrist flicking motion) but promptly takes corrective steps to return to a compliant style. Penalty range $200-$400 (first offence).

Mr Renault used the race video to identify Miss McKay driving (CAESAR’S QUEST), racing towards the rear of the field at approximately the 400 metres. He pointed to Miss McKay clear the back of her trail, activate ear plugs and whilst having her reins in one hand, strike her horse with the other.

Mr Renault explained to the Committee this breach was very minor as it was one strike at the beginning of a long straight. He said in most cases it may have been dealt with by a warning. He said the reasons for a charge being instigated was in each of Miss McKay’s last four competitive drives she was spoken to about her whip use and had received an official warning on three occasions.

Ms Butt said Miss McKay had limited driving opportunities and hence little practice to perfect her technique.

Miss McKay said she had changed to her left side for activation of plugs etc but it didn’t help today. She said she was doing her best to get it right.


As Miss McKay admitted the breach, the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Renault said the strike was not forceful but the Stewards were seeking a fine of $200 as there are limits to the good will afforded to Drivers relating to the new Whip Regulations.

Miss McKay and Ms Butt had no submission to make on Penalty.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee was told that Miss McKay has been spoken to and warned by Stewards on numerous occasions regarding her use of the whip. Notwithstanding, she has again flouted the Rule and Regulations on this occasion, albeit in a relatively minor way, and so has been charged.

She expressed to the hearing a will to address her whip use.

The Committee in assessing the factors of a low range breach and Miss McKay’s first charge under the Rule, considered a fine of $200 would be appropriate in this case.

The Committee spoke advisedly to Miss McKay and encouraged her to address her whip technique with action, not words. If she does not do so, she risks receiving harsher penalties for future breaches.


Accordingly, Miss McKay is fined $200.

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