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Whakatane RC 14 June 2017 - R 1 - Chair, Mr A Dooley

Created on 16 June 2017

ADooley (chair)
Mr M Cameron - Licensed Rider
Mr D Wadley - Stipendiary Steward
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Excessive use of the whip

Following the running of race 1, Gartshore Construction 3yo, an Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638 (3)(b)(ii). The Informant, Mr Jones, alleged that Mr Cameron used the whip in an excessive manner when riding REILLY CENTRAL.

Mr Cameron acknowledged that he understood the Rule and confirmed his admission of the breach.

Rule 638(3)(b)(ii) provides: A Rider shall not:

(ii) strike a horse with a whip in a manner or to an extent which is excessive

The Guidelines for Use of Whip provide:

Once a horse enters the final straight it can be hit with the drawn whip up to six times and then the rider should ride hands and heels for six strides before hitting the horse again with the drawn whip and continue this action until the 200 metres.

Mr Wadley using the available video footage identified that Mr Cameron struck his mount 11 times from the 400 metres to the 200 metres. He said Mr Cameron failed to give his mount the required respite for 6 strides.

Mr Cameron stated that he got carried away with the whip because he was riding the $1.60 favourite. He added that REILLY CENTRAL’S performance was well below his expectation.


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

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Jones said that Mr Cameron had a clear record under this Rule. He said this record was a very good for such a busy rider. He submitted that a fine in the vicinity of $300 should be imposed.

Mr Cameron said that he had an excellent record and stated that he has not breached this Rule for several years.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee carefully considered all the evidence and submissions presented.

The Penalty Guide for Judicial Committees provides a starting point of a $500 fine or a two day suspension.

There were no aggravating factors.

The mitigating factors were Mr Cameron’s admission of the breach and his excellent record. In addition the force and frequency of strikes were in the low to mid-range.

The Committee notes that REILLY CENTRAL finished last of the 5 runners.

After taking into account all the above factors the Committee applied a $200 discount.


Accordingly, Mr Cameron was fined $300.

In conclusion the Committee advised Mr Cameron with respect to excessive use of the whip where the rider is a repeat offender, a separate starting point is recommended for a 2nd plus breach (within a period of 6 months) of a 3 – 5 riding day suspension.

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