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R Tauranga 14 October 2020 - R 9 - Chair, Mr N McCutcheon

Created on 19 October 2020

NMcCutcheon (chair)
Mr O Bosson - Licensed Jockey and Rider of GONE WEST
Ms V Algar - Stipendiary Steward
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Excessive use of the whip

Following the running of Race 9 (Team Pryor Sotherbys 2100), Information No. A14002 was filed with the Judicial Committee. It was alleged that Mr Bosson used his whip excessively prior to the 100m when riding GONE WEST.

Ms Algar showed the film replays and said that the Stewards all agreed that Mr Bosson had hit his horse 10 times prior to the 100m (5 is the limit). In addition he had used the whip consecutively on two occasions; once 2 strikes in succession and once 4 times in succession. The films confirmed that that was what had occurred.

Mr Bosson agreed with the Stewards interpretation of his whip use


Due to the charge being admitted and the film evidence the charge was proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Jones said that Mr Bosson had breached the Rule only once in the previous 12 months, that being on 2 February 2019 when a fine of $500 was imposed. He added that Mr Bosson had breached two elements of the Rule by hitting consecutively plus the total number of strikes.

Mr Bosson said that his mount was the favourite for the race and is a lazy horse. He said that the way it was travelling between the 600m and 300m it was no chance. He said that he does not have a history of breaching the whip Rule.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide for 10 strikes has a starting point of 6 riding days suspension. Taking into account Mr Bosson’s record it was considered that a 5 riding day suspension was a condign penalty.  


Mr Bosson’s Jockey’s Licence was suspended from the end of racing on 21 October through to 28 October 2020 (inclusive) (5 Riding Days).

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