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Methven TC 31 March 2019 - R 7 - Chair, Mr D Anderson

Created on 02 April 2019

DAnderson (chair)
Mr G Hunt - Open Driver
Mr N Ydgren - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Mr R Quirk - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Breach of Whip Regulations

Following the running of Race 7 the “Pat McGirr Memorial Trot” an Information was filed by Stipendiary Steward Mr R Quirk alleging a breach of Rule 869(2) by Open Driver Mr G Hunt. The information alleged, You used your whip on more occasions than permitted by Clause (b) of the Use Of Whip Regulations.

Mr Hunt 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 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 Quirk used the race video to identify Mr Hunt driving (10) FOREIGNER, in the parked position entering the home straight and in second place. Mr Quirk pointed to Mr Hunt and counted 12 clear strikes with the whip in the run to the finishing post.


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

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Quirk stated Mr Hunt had been fined $500 at Banks Peninsula on 29/12/2018 which is within a six-month period of today’s breach. He said the Stewards accessed the breach as low range. Mr Quirk said the Stewards were seeking a 3-day suspension as an appropriate penalty in this case.

Mr Quirk said Mr Hunt had requested a deferment of suspension until after racing at Rangiora next Sunday.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide provides a starting point of a 3-5-day suspension for a second or subsequent breach of the rule within a 6-month period.

The Committee has a adopted a 3-day starting point for this breach as we agree with the Stewards it is low level. There are no aggravating factors to warrant an uplift from this starting point.

Mr Hunt’s request for a deferment is granted under rule 1304 (1).


Mr Hunt’s licence is suspended from the conclusion of racing on the 7 April 2019 up to and including racing on 20 April 2019.

Meetings encompassed in this period are:

Addington 12 April 2019
Rangiora 14 April 2019
Addington 20 April 2019.

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