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Timaru HRC 3 November 2018 - R 4 - Chair, Mr D Anderson

Created on 05 November 2018

DAnderson (chair)
Mr J Versteeg - Open Driver
Mr R Quirk - Stipendiary Steward
Mr S Renault - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Excessive whip use

Following the running of Race 4 the “Polarcold Stores Pace”, an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr S Renault alleging a breach of Rule 869(2) by Open Driver, Mr J Versteeg. The information stated: J Versteeg (BOUND TO IMPRESS) used his whip on more occasions permitted by Clause (b) of the Use of Whip Regulations.

Mr Versteeg signed the information stating he admitted the breach and that he did not wish to be present
at the hearing.

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 Regulation (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 Renault used the race video, with the assistance of Mr Quirk, to identify Mr Versteeg driving (12) BOUND TO IMPRESS, three wide in the home straight and using his whip 11 times in the run to the finishing post.

Mr Renault stated Mr Versteeg agreed with the count of 11 strikes as did the Committee.


Mr Versteeg having admitted the breach the charge was found to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Renault said Mr Versteeg had a clear record under this rule in the last 12 months. He said the sliding scale for 11 strikes called for a fine of $200 and the Stewards were seeking that as penalty.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guidelines provides the sliding scale for an 11 to 13 strike breach as a $200 fine, mitigation inclusive.

The Committee considered this to be an appropriate penalty in this case.


Mr Versteeg is fined $200.

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