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NZ Metropolitan TC 28 August 2020 - R 3 (heard 4 September 2020) - Chair, Mr D Anderson

869(2) and Use of Whip Regulations

Informant: Mr P Williams - Stipendiary Steward
Defendant: Mr I Cameron – Open Driver
Information No: A13185
Meeting: NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club
Date: 28 August 2020 (heard 4 September 2020 at Addington)
Venue: Addington Raceway
Race: 3
Rule No: 869(2) and Use of Whip Regulations
Judicial Committee: Mr D Anderson, Chairman
Plea: Admitted
Charge: Contravention of the Use of Whip Regulations


Following the running of race 3 an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr P Williams, against Licensed Open Driver, Mr I Cameron, alleging that as the Driver of BRIGHT GLOW in the race, “used his whip on more occasions than permitted by clause (b) of the whip regulations”.

Mr Cameron had signed the Information admitting the breach, was prsent at the hearing and stated he was conversant with the whip regulations.

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, representing the Informant Mr Williams, used the race video to identify Mr Cameron driving (11) BRIGHT GLOW, racing in 3rd last position at approximately the 500 metres. He pointed to Mr Cameron use his whip on 12 occasions from the 400 metres to the finishing post.

Mr Cameron agreed with the alleged number of strikes.


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


Mr Ydgren said this was Mr Cameron’s second breach within the reset period which commands a suspension as penalty. The previous breach on the 12 June 2020 was also adjourned and heard on the 21 June 2020 and a $200 fine imposed. He said the Stewards are seeking a 3-day suspension as penalty in this case.

Mr Cameron had nothing to add on penalty.


The JCA Penalty Guide provides a 3 to 5-day suspension for a second or subsequent breach of the rule. Mr Cameron has struck his horse 12 times which is in the low range of offending.

There are no aggravating factors to consider.

Mr Cameron declined any deferment of penalty wanting to start his suspension immediately.

The Committee after considering all factors impose a 3-day suspension as an appropriate penalty in this case.


Accordingly, Mr Cameron’s Open Drivers Licence is suspended from the close of racing on Sunday 6 September 2020 up to and including racing on the 17 September 2020

Meetings encompassed in this suspension are: NZMTC 11 September, Methven TC 13 September, NZMTC 17 September 2020.

D Anderson

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