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Northern Southland TC 10 January 2019 - R 4 - Chair, Prof G Hall

Created on 12 January 2019

Committee:
GHall (chair)
PKnowles
Name(s):
Mr C Lee - Open Driver
Mr V Munro - Stipendiary Steward
Informant
Mr N Ydgren - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
A12469
Plea:
Admitted
Charge:
Contraventio of the Use of Whip Regulations
Evidence:

Mr Ydgren, Chief Stipendiary Steward, alleged that Mr Lee exceeded the permitted number of strikes when driving MYRCELLA inside the final 400 metres of race 4 the NET TEN EOM FRESH AT MACCA LODGE MOBILE PACE.

Mr Munro, Stipendiary Steward demonstrated on the videos that the respondent used his whip 13 times in the last 400 metres.

Mr Lee has signed the information stating he admits the breach and does not wish to be present.

Decision:

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

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Ydgren produced the respondent’s record which evidenced one breach of this rule on 11 November last. He has had 7 drives this season and 4 last season. The starting point for a second breach is 3 to 5 days’ suspension. Mr Ydgren tells us that Mr Lee was told that the Stewards would submit that a penalty of a 3 days suspension was appropriate. We were further told that he has accepted that 13 is the number of strikes.

Reasons For Penalty:

We agree that the count for Mr Lee is 13. This is Mr Lee’s second breach of this rule. We take a 3-day starting point. The breach is low end.

Penalty:

Mr Lee is suspended for 3 days from the end of the meeting today up to and including 26 January 2019.

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