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Woodville-Pahiatua RC 8 October 2020 - R 1 - Chair, Hon J W Gendall QC

Created on 12 October 2020

Rules:
534(1)
Committee:
WGendall (chair)
Name(s):
Ms L Latta - Licensed Trainer
Informant
Mr N Goodwin - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
A12344
Plea:
Admitted
Charge:
Failed to scratch horse by required time
Evidence:

An Information was presented alleging a breach of Rule 534(1) by Ms Latta in that she failed to scratch her runner JENEVER which had been entered in Race 1, the Jock Harris Memorial 2100, before the requested time.

Ms Latta admitted the charge.

She explained to Mr Goodwin that the horse had earlier been injured and was unable to start but that she had overlooked the requirment, of which she knew, to notify the scratching within the required time.

Decision:

As Ms Latta admitted the charge it was deemed proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Goodwin advised that the only aggravating factor was that a horse on the ballot was prevented from starting.

Ms Latta had nothing to add.

Reasons For Penalty:

In fixing the penalty the Committee accepts that the breach was an unintended oversight.  However, a horse on the ballot had been denied the opportunity of a start by the oversight.  A starting point guide of a $350 fine is provided if another horse is denied a start by a late scratching of a horse. However, given the financial impact of Covid 19 on trainers, the starting point for a breach is reduced to $200 with an uplift of $50 for the aggravating factor of the impact on another horse.

Penalty:

Accordingly, Ms Latta is fined $250.00.

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