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Ashburton TC 15 July 2018 - R 5 - Chair, Mr D J Anderson

Created on 16 July 2018

DAnderson (chair)
Mr R Alfeld - Open Driver
Mr S Renault - Stipendiary Steward
Mr N Ydgren - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Mr R Quirk - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Excessive Whip Use

Following the running of Race 5 the “Paddy Strange At Property Brokers Mobile Pace” an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward Mr R Quirk alleging a breach of Rule 869 (2) by Open Horseman Mr R Alfeld. The Information stated that Mr Alfeld used his whip in contravention of the use of whip guidelines.

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

Rule 869(2) provides 'No horseman shall during any race use his whip in an unnecessary, excessive, or improper manner'.

The Use of Whip Guidelines (effective 1 November 2017) provides (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 Quirk used the race video to identify Mr Alfeld driving (2) SANS LE SOU in the one one position approaching the home straight. He pointed to Mr Alfeld using his whip 12 times within the final 400 metres.

Mr Quirk stated that Mr Alfeld agreed with the Stewards' count.


As Mr Alfeld admitted the breach the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Quirk said this was a clear breach of the whip rule and using the sliding scale Penalty Guide for this number of strikes which is $200, the Stewards saw this as an appropriate penalty.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee, in determining penalty, found that there were no exceptional aggravating or mitigating factors to deviate from the JCA Penalty Guide.


Mr Alfeld was fined the sum of $200.

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