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Otaki-Maori RC 15 October 2020 - R 2 - Chair, Hon JW Gendall QC

Created on 16 October 2020

Rules:
638(3)(b)(ii)
Committee:
WGendall (chair)
Name(s):
Mr T Donoghue - Licensed Rider
Informant
Mr N Goodwin - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
A12350
Plea:
Admitted
Charge:
Excessive use of the whip
Evidence:

Following the running of Race 2, the Harcourts Otaki Highweight, Stipendiary Steward, Mr N Goodwin presented an Information charging Mr Barry Donoghue, Licensed Rider, with excessive use of the whip, a breach of Rule 638(3)(b(ii).

Mr Donoghue admitted the charge.

The race film disclosed that Mr Donoghue struck his mount WHOLETTHEFOXOUT 11 times with the whip prior to reaching the 100 metre point.

Decision:

As the charge was admitted it was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Goodwin contended that a suspension was necessary because of the excessive number of strikes, referring to the Revised Whip Guidelines which recommend a 6 day suspension if the number of strikes is 10 or more.

Mr Donoghue accepted that he ought to know the Rule as it applied to flat races and apologised for his error.

Reasons For Penalty:

In determining penalty animal welfare concerns are paramount where the use of the whip is excessive.

Penalty:

Mr Donoghue is suspended for 7 national riding day (effectively 1 Jumps day) to commence after completion of racing on Saturday, 17 October 2020 until cessation of racing at Whanganui on Sunday, 1 November 2020.

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