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NZ Metro TC 12 June 2020 - R 10 - Chair, Mr D Anderson

Created on 15 June 2020

DAnderson (chair)
Mr D Butt - Open Driver
Mr N McIntyre - Chairman of Stewards
Mr N Ydgren - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Contravention of the Use of Whip Regulations

Following the running of Race 10 an information was filed by Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr N Ydgren, against Licensed Open Driver, Mr D Butt, alleging that as the driver of MARIA TSARINA in the race, “used his whip on more occasions than permitted by clause (b) of the whip regulations”.

Mr Butt requested not to be present at the hearing as he had a pressing engagement he needed to attend.

Mr Butt had signed the Information admitting the breach.

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 Regulation made by the Board.

The Use of Whip Regulations (effective from 30 November 2017) 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 Ydgren used the race video to identify Mr Butt driving (6) MARIA TSARINA, racing in the lead at approximately the 300 metres. He pointed to Mr Butt using his whip on 18 occasions from the 250 metres to the finishing post.


As Mr Butt admitted the breach the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Ydgren said the strikes were not forceful and therefore saw no reason to depart from the guidelines in this case.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide provides a starting point of a $500 fine, mitigation inclusive, for a breach of the rule involving 17 or more strikes.

There are no aggravating factors to consider in this case.


Accordingly, Mr Butt is fined $500.

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